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    Justice fails test in temple stand-off

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 31/05/2016

    » No matter how it turns out, the stand-off between the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and Wat Phra Dhammakaya has underscored a combination of extreme conviction and weak enforcement of the justice system that has underpinned Thailand's many crises.

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    Falling for his charms

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 05/06/2016

    » Those ardent followers of the abbot of Wat Dhammakaya remind me of a story that occurred 30 years ago with an equally ardent group known as the Friends of Finch.

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    Secret sanctum helps abbot take refuge

    News, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 05/06/2016

    » Wat Phra Dhammakaya bills itself as a place where devotees can escape the troubles of the outside world. It's a philosophy the temple's controversial abbot, facing arrest on money laundering charges, appears to have taken quite literally.

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    Embattled abbot Dhammajayo faces new warrant

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 17/08/2016

    » A court has approved a warrant for the arrest of embattled Wat Phra Dhammakaya abbot Phra Dhammajayo after a police probe found the temple's meditation facility in Loei's Phu Rua encroaches on a reserved forest.

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    'Justice' Thai-style

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 04/12/2016

    » Re: "Police ponder legal action in abbot ordeal", (BP, Dec 2). The inability of the DSI to arrest Phra Dhammajayo has descended into farce. In all probability he is no longer ensconced in Wat Phra Dhammakaya, despite what authorities say. With so many of his followers surrounding the temple it would be easy for him to slip away disguised as one of them. Maybe he is not even in Thailand.

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    Temple Khao Yai papers fall 200 rai short

    News, Prasit Tangprasert, Published on 28/06/2016

    » Wat Phra Dhammakaya at Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district failed to provide documents proving it owns almost half the 480-rai of land its meditation centre sits on during an official survey yesterday.

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    Temple land deeds fall 187 rai short

    News, Prasit Tangprasert, Published on 30/06/2016

    » Only about 60% of the 480 rai of land at Wat Phra Dhammakaya's meditation centre in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district can be proven to belong to the facility, authorities say.

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    Ban toxic glyphosate

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/05/2018

    » According to a May 24 report, the Hazardous Substance Committee, in reference to a ban on three toxic pesticides, said "there were insufficient studies confirming they were health hazards", and thus have allowed their continued use. One of the three is glyphosate, known as "Roundup".

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    NOB transfer harms govt anti-graft drive

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 11/09/2017

    » Pol Lt Col Pongporn Pramsaneh has been widely recognised as an honest and straightforward officer in the Department of Special Investigation – a rare breed in the police force. It explains why he was ordered shifted from the DSI's head of the Tax Litigation Office to lead the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) on Feb 25 by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to do an unenviable mission. His task was to clean up the mess concerning the misappropriation of government funds for the renovation of temples and for schools on temple grounds.

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    About politics

    News, Published on 18/03/2017

    » Politicians of all hues have put aside their differences to remember Yuwadee Tunyasiri v Pathum Thani monks reticent about finding fault with Phra Dhammajayo v City police chief Sanit gets a temporary reprieve from the Ombudsman

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