BANGKOK – He’s known as Thailand’s jet-setting fugitive monk, and his story has riveted the country with daily headlines of lavish excess, promiscuity and alleged crimes ranging from statutory rape to manslaughter.
Until a month ago, 33-year-old Wirapol Sukphol was relatively unknown in Thailand. Now he is at the centre of the biggest religious scandal the predominantly Buddhist country has seen in years....a long list of darker secrets has emerged – including his accumulated assets of an estimated 1bn baht ($32m). This week, authorities issued an arrest warrant for the disgraced monk after having him defrocked in absentia.
Mr Wirapol was in France when the scandal surfaced after leading a meditation retreat at a monastery near Provence. He is believed to have then fled to the US but his current whereabouts is unknown.
The arrest warrant implicates him on three charges including statutory rape, embezzlement and online fraud to seek donations.... Authorities are struggling to figure out how he amassed so much money.
Originally posted by jude11
reply to post by Ex_CT2
It's all in the name of religion right? He's a holy man.
Seems to me he's the same as all these televangelists in the US, The Vatican, ...and well, just all of them.
How can it possibly be wrong when so many support it?
BTW, that's your money he's flashing on his Jet. Personally, I hope he gets away with it all because the idiots that gave it to him deserve it.
edit on 20-7-2013 by jude11 because: (no reason given)