Security has been stepped up at Wat Dhammakaya in Pathum Thani province after the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has decided to indict the abbot of the temple, Phra Dhammachayo, as recommended by the Department of Special Investigation.
Reporters who were despatched to the temple following the OAG's decision reported that security guards manning checkpoints stopped and inspected every car that entered the temple's ground.
Some reporters tried to get into the temple were turned back and told to get a clearance from communication officials of the temple.
Followers of the temple continued to arrive at and leave the temple as normal without any unusual activity.
The OAG has decided to indict Phra Dhammachayo and four former executives of the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperatives. The four other suspects are Mr Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, former head of the cooperatives, Ms Saranya Manmat, Mrs Thongpin Kunlom and Ms Sasithorn Chokprasit.
Phra Dhammachayo and Ms Sasithorn face charges of conspiring in money laundering and receiving stolen valuables while Supachai, Saranya and Thongpin face charges of money laundering and conspiring in money laundering.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)