The acting abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, Phra Vithespawanajarn, turned himself in to Klongluang police today to acknowledge charges against him, mostly involving the controversial former abbot Phra Dhammachayo.

The acting abbot came with the temple's lawyer and a number of monks after he was summoned by the police to hear charges which he has faced in 13 cases, two of which for violations of Article 157, and 189 in providing a hideout for Phra Dhammachayo.

Representative of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) was also present at the police station to observe the abbot's surrender.

According to police procedures, Phra Vithespawanajarn will be escorted to the Criminal Court for permission to detain him for questioning.

The abbot could apply for bail at this process.

If his bail is rejected, the abbot will be disrobed and detained in prison.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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