Leelavadee speaks out on Dhammakaya

Temple devotee confident in former abbot's innocence, calls on PM to lift S44 order

While most prominent Dhammakaya sect followers are taking a low-profile position for now, Pheu Thai Party ex-MP Leelavadee Vajropala is at the forefront of resistance to the government's siege and searches. (FB/Leelavadee Vajropala)

Several prominent figures known to be supporters of Wat Phra Dhammakaya appear to be keeping a low profile these days following a string of allegations against the temple and its embattled ex-abbot Phra Dhammajayo. But not actress-turned politician Leelavadee Vajropala.

The former Pheu Thai Party MP led a group of the temple's followers to file a petition at Government House on March 9, calling on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to revoke an order under Section 44 of the interim charter, which declares Wat Phra Dhammakaya and its surrounding area a restricted zone.

The order, which has been in force since Feb 16, was rolled out to allow security officers to search the temple for Phra Dhammajayo, wanted on charges of money laundering and receiving stolen assets in connection with the multi-billion-baht embezzlement at Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative ( KCUC) and forest encroachment by branches of the temple in several provinces.

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