March 10, 2017 / 12:09 PM / 7 months ago

Thai police say temple search ends without finding wanted monk

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Friday they had ended their search of the Dhammakaya temple outside Bangkok without finding the former abbot they have been seeking for more than three weeks to face questioning on money-laundering charges.

Soldiers and Buddhist monks are seen during an inspection of the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, in Pathum Thani province, Thailand March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Paisit Wongmuang, director-general of the police Department of Special Investigation, told reporters the authorities would still try to track down Phra Dhammachayo, but restrictions on the temple area would be lifted.

Reporting by Aukkarapon Niyomyat; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Nick Macfie

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