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Abbot Dhammajayo Denies All DSI Allegations

We wish to draw your urgent attention to the allegations made by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Phra Dhammajayo, that he conspired to launder money and receive stolen property. These allegations have been vigorously denied by Phra Dhammajayo, who states that there is no evidence to support these charges and questions the motivation behind this action.

The basis for these allegations is that Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn made monetary donations to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, while he was acting as Chairman of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC). Mr. Supachai was subsequently charged with the embezzlement of Credit Union funds, however there is no connection between the unsolicited donations which Mr. Supachai made to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and his alleged criminal actions.

Two lawsuits have been filed by the DSI against Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, alleging theft and money laundering (cases146/2556 & 63/2557). A third charge of conspiring to commit fraud against the public (case 27/2559) duplicates previous charges which are still under consideration, and thus contravenes Thai law that states, “One count of charge cannot be duplicated.”

The donation to the temple, amounting to 684,784,000 baht, was used to construct buildings and facilities for the benefit of the general public. While it constituted a substantial sum, there are donors who have donated greater sums to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, and it is considered inappropriate to question the source of these donations.

When the circumstances behind the donation from Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn were made known to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, followers of the temple voluntarily raised the sum of 684,784,000 baht to assist the members of KCUC, who issued a letter of appreciation and withdrew all lawsuits against the Abbot and the temple. Mr. Supachai has also released a statement indicating that the money he borrowed from the credit union to make donations to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Phra Dhammajayo have already been repaid to the credit union in full.

To accuse Phra Dhammajayo of misusing temple funds is a total denial of his dedication to the cause of Buddhism. Since founding Wat Phra Dhammakaya in 1970, the Abbot and his supporters have worked tirelessly to create the largest Buddhist temple in Thailand, with more than three million devotees and over 4,000 monks and novices. He has helped to propagate the message of Buddhism throughout the world, with more than 80 Dhammakaya Meditation Centres in 30 countries.

The charges by the DSI against Phra Dhammajayo are baseless and deny him his basic Human Rights. They choose to ignore the facts about the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) case, and offer no consideration about the ailing health of the Abbot and the tireless work which he has performed for 47 years to support Buddhist monks and temples throughout Thailand.

We would be most grateful if you would kindly send a letter of protest to the Prime Minister of Thailand and his government to stop their actions against this innocent, aging monk.


Aimee LuongoPlea for Justice

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