Ex-Buddhist chief among 9 charged with graft

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has brought charges against former National Office of Buddhism (NOB) chief Phanom Sornsilp and eight other ex-officials for graft in connection with a temple fund embezzlement scandal.

The alleged malfeasance concerns Choltarawas temple in Narathiwat's Rangae district, Yuparam temple in Yala's Muang district and Suriyaram temple in Songkhla's Thepha district, NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said Monday.

The NOB received a budget of 4.5 billion baht in fiscal 2015, 459 million baht of which was set aside for activities aimed at promoting Buddhism, he said.

A committee was later formed to allocate budgets for such activities. The panel was chaired by Pranom Kongpikul, the then-deputy director of the NOB.

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