News 17 february — 17:59

Thai police fail to find monk in Dhammakaya temple raid

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Thai police have failed to find an influential Buddhist leader, wanted for alleged money-laundering, after searching his sect's vast headquarters, BBC reports.

Police said they found medical equipment in rooms where they had expected to find the group's former abbot, 72-year-old Phra Dhammajayo.

They say they will keep searching the Dhammakaya temple complex, under a 10-day search warrant.

Officers first entered the site, near Bangkok, on Thursday.

Previous attempts to search the complex were thwarted when thousands of the monk's devotees turned up in his defence.

The latest search is being carried out under an emergency law, after the temple for months failed to hand over Phra Dhammajayo, saying he was too ill to be questioned.

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