samseva wrote:suriyopama wrote:My Thai coworkers say that he is waiting for a new government to be established, and then use his powerful influences and money to skip justice. He has already done that in the past, during the government of Thaksin.
Thanks for the info. Let's hope things work out before a new government is established.
It could also be that they were intentionally using this case in order to instigate antagonism against the military junta. Dhammachayo would be the perfect martyr, and we all know that religion can be more vitriolic than nitroglycerine. Wat Dhammakaya is a stronghold for the red shirts movement, and religious stir can be used as a spark.
Initially, the DSI was calling Dhammachayo for a routine declaration. They were following the standard procedure that the law establishes. But it is his repeated refusal to declare what has caused all this mess. Perhaps, if he had testified on the first instance, he would have been declared innocent or the case would have been deferred. But now the DSI has no other option but to issue an arrest warrant, otherwise it would be failing to apply equal justice to everyone.
Dhammachayo is a self-confessed admirer of Hitler. He sustains that Hitler was intrinsically a good person, and that if the Nazis would have won WWII, today the world would be a better place to live. Dhammachayo struggles for power and his dream is that his cult dominates the world, and he means it. http://www.bangkokpost.com/print/491460/
Dhammakaya has been forging alliances with powerful and perilous organizations. eg: financing dangerous groups like Ashin Wirathu’s extremists.
There are Dhammakaya affiliates around the world starting to organize a defense of the Dhammakaya cause. At the Facebook of “International Affairs, Dhammakaya Foundation” there are videos of monks sending messages in solidarity with their colleagues in Thailand.
eg: Ven.Dr.Dhammapiya, Secretary General of Northeast India Buddhist Sangha Council, is saying: “The monks and the sangha in Thailand are not given freedom to participate in religious activities”. Perhaps he has been misinformed, but that is not true. In Thailand there is freedom for all religions.
BTW: If you visit that Facebook page, don’t miss the pictures.
Bangkok Post, 19 May 2016: “No ‘human shield’ for abbot”
Followers of embattled abbot Phra Dhammajayo confirm that there will be no "human shield" to protect the abbot if authorities are to carry out an arrest. But they are prepared to sue the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) for malfeasance in retaliation for the arrest warrant issued for the abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya. The DSI said it will grant bail to the abbot if he surrenders by May 26 …