February 16, 2017 / 4:44 AM / 5 months ago

Thai authorities enter Buddhist temple to search for wanted monk - police

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Thai police block Buddhist monks at the gate of Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand February 16, 2017.Jorge Silva

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai security forces entered the country's biggest Buddhist temple on Thursday to search for an influential monk wanted for money laundering, police said.

"Right now authorities have already started a search operation seeking the individual under arrest warrants," Paisit Wongmuang, chief of the Department of Special Investigation, told reporters in front of a temple gate after meeting temple representatives.

Reporting by Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Paul Tait

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