Church denies ties to accused cult leader

Niratsai Aay-Pan (left) and other directors of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church Foundation say they disowned accused child sex abuser Lao Yang (inset) eight years ago for 'strange behaviour'. (Main photo by Chanat Katanyu)

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church Foundation of Thailand has denied any involvement with Lao Yang, the Hmong cult leader who is facing charges of sexually abusing minors, saying the church has disowned the self-proclaimed cult leader since 2009.

Niratsai Aay-Pan, a director of the church's foundation, said: "We told Lao Yang and his people to stop referring to the church in their activities many years ago. But they refused to do so. They continued using the names of our church in several provinces," he said.

Appearing at a press conference with the church foundation's directors, Mr Niratsai said the 56-year-old Hmong was a member of the church in 2004. However, the foundation disowned him in 2009 after they began to find Mr Yang's behaviour strange. Mr Yang was not available for comment.

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