Dhammachayo’s followers will not resist police arrest if they are not panic

Followers of Phra Dhammachayo will not obstruct officials when they make arrest of the embattled monk in the compound of the temple providing that the officials must not cause panic among them, said Mr Ong-art Thamnitha, spokesman of the followers, on Thursday.

Reacting to warrant issued by the See Khiew provincial court for the arrest of Dhammachayo on forest encroachment charge and the decision of the Office of Attorney-General to proceed with indicting the monk on charges of money laundering and receiving of stolen valuables, Ong-art said Dhammachayo would not run away from Thailand as rumoured because the monk does not have a passport.

He said the monk is still sick and is receiving treatment at the temple. He assured that followers of the monk would not resist attempt by the police or the Department of Special Investigation to arrest the monk.

But he warned that the authorities must not cause panic among the followers when they make the arrest because if they become panicked, I can't guarantee what will happen.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)