No-show by abbot at police station

A Thai policeman standing guard yesterday at the Khlongluang provincial police station in Pathum Thani province as Buddhist monks waited for Phra Dhammachayo, the abbot of the controversial Dhammakaya temple, to turn up to face charges of money-laund
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A Thai policeman standing guard yesterday at the Khlongluang provincial police station in Pathum Thani province as Buddhist monks waited for Phra Dhammachayo, the abbot of the controversial Dhammakaya temple, to turn up to face charges of money-laundering and receiving of illegal donations.

But he did not appear. His lawyers said he had fainted while getting into his car and cancelled the trip.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2016, with the headline 'No-show by abbot at police station'. Print Edition | Subscribe