PHOTO: Nationwide Workplace of Buddhism
The previous chief of the Nationwide Workplace of Buddhism has been handed a 20 12 months jail sentence for the mis-appropriation of temple funds.
Thai PBS World reviews that on the Prison Court docket for Corruption and Misconduct Circumstances, Panom Sornsilp was discovered responsible of graft, together with the previous director of the Workplace of Temple Renovation and Improvement and Non secular Welfare, Wasawat Kittithirasith, who additionally acquired a 20 12 months sentence for comparable offences.
The scandal of the mis-use of temple funds first got here to mild in 2017, when an abbot from a temple in Phetchaburi province, central Thailand, made a proper grievance to the Anti-Corruption Police Command. He claimed his temple had been given a 10 million baht refurbishment grant by the N.O.B. given that 75% of the funds be returned to the officers who had helped safe the grant.
The rip-off concerned abbots being provided funding for temple renovations by unofficial “brokers” with connections to some people within the N.O.B. To be able to obtain the funding, abbots needed to comply with return most of it to the officers who organized it, leaving them with solely a small share of the unique grant to make use of for renovation functions.
It’s understood some abbots had been themselves concerned within the rip-off, pocketing what was left of the funds after cash was returned to officers, and spending nothing on temple refurbishment.
Two different males, Mr. Jesada Wongmek and Mr. Charin Mingkwan, accused of approaching temples with gives of funding from the N.O.B. in return for appreciable fee, had been additionally sentenced yesterday, receiving six years and eight months and one 12 months and eight months respectively.
Mr Panom, Mr Wasawat and Mr Jesada have additionally all been ordered to return 12 million baht to the Nationwide Workplace of Buddhism.
SOURCE: Thai PBS World
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