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Phra Buddha Isara arrested after commando raid of temple

By The Nation

 

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Phra Buddha Isara, who was disrobed after the Criminal Court rejected his bail request, is taken to Bangkok Remand Prison yesterday. He was arrested on charges of illegal association.

 

POLICE COMMANDOS raided the Onoi Temple yesterday morning to arrest its well-known founder and abbot, Phra Buddha Isara.

 

The monk has been charged with illegal association for his role in the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protests.

 

Phra Buddha Isara has denied the charges.

 

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The Criminal Court rejected his bail request out of concerns that he might tamper with evidence. By monastic rules, Phra Buddha Isara had to disrobe because he was being sent to jail.

 

Policemen were armed during the operation to arrest the monk amid reports that some of the security guards at Onoi Temple had guns. 

 

Police have pressed the illegal-association charge against Phra Buddha Isara as he allegedly mobilised some demonstrators to attack two special-branch policemen and snatched their guns during the PDRC rally in 2014. The PDRC was trying to oust the Yingluck Shinawatra-led government. 

 

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Born in 1956, Phra Buddha Isara first entered monkhood at the age of 20 at a temple in Bangkok’s Klong Toei district. He later left monkhood to enter military service.

 

However, in 1983, he again attended the ordination ceremony.

 

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In 1989, he established the Onoi Temple on a donated plot of land in Tambon Huai Khwang, Kamphaeng Saen district, Nakhon Pathom province. Six years later, he was named its abbot. In 1999, he was appointed the monastic chief of Tambon Huai Kwang.

 

The appointment generated some controversy regarding the number of his years in monkhood. So Phra Buddha Isara gave up the post. 

Between 2013 and 2014, he joined the PDRC rallies. In 2016, he petitioned the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to seize the assets of Phra Dhammachayo, the controversial then-abbot of Dhammakaya Temple. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30346206

 
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Is there a video of the commando raid ? if only he had supported the junta things might have been different 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

amid reports that some of the security guards at Onoi Temple had guns. 

must be the way to tell a 'good' temple from a 'bad' one, if they have armed guards they are not 'good'

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This "political monk" has been acting far outside his remit for a long time...should be made an example of.

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This is very significant not only for Issara but for the NCPO who has protected him for so long. The tide is certainly turning. The constitution court accepting the election organic laws not accidental IMO. Very high possibility of election in Feb. More things will happen in days ahead. 

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Look at some of those people crying. They've lost their lucky charm. Who are they supposed to pray to for money now?

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