Nominee used in land 'scam'

Plots on Yao Noi Island under scrutiny

Wat Phra Dhammakaya used a nominee to occupy some of the land plots where its three meditation facilities are located on Phangnga's Yao Noi Island, which encroached on forest land, police say.

Speaking after inspecting the 137-rai "Muktawan 1" meditation facility on the island Wednesday, deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said a 54-year-old man from Loei, Pet Kansap, occupied four land plots there.

He was assigned by the Dhammakaya Foundation to hold the land plots and he is also linked with forest encroachment by the temple's meditation facility in Loei, Pol Gen Srivara said. The deputy police chief said the Muktawan 1 facility occupies 40 rai of land which has no land right documents and 21 rai of which is forest reserve land.

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