Police chief says police have to exercise extreme caution in arresting Dhammachayo

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Police have not dragged their feet in the arrest of Phra Dhammachayo but they merely want to be cautious, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda explained on Monday.

The national police chief disclosed that the police had not yet decided to search Wat Dhammakaya to look for the former abbot of the temple charged with forest encroachment and construction of the World Peace Valley Khao Yai dhamma centre.

Also, the embattled monk is facing charges of money laundering and conspiracy to launder money in connection with the funding of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperation, he added.

Noting that Phra Dhammachayo is an important figure, Pol Gen Chakthip said police had to move cautiously and in compliance with the law, taking into consideration other implications.

Suppose when the police move into the temple unarmed and, out of a sudden, there is a bomb explosions or gunshots. What shall we do? There will definitely be chaos and there are children and elderly people in there, said the national police, adding that it didn’t mean the police did not have the guts.

He admitted that he was afraid that the situation might get worse and go out of control if the police moved in quickly.

Asked whether it is necessary to invoke Section 44 of the interim charter to deal with the fugitive monk, the national police chief said that the special powers were not necessary for the time being.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)