The DSI found the first clue in its hunt for the eight tonnes of gold bars and ornaments that were allegedly donated to Wirapol Sukpol during his time as a monk. The clue was found in Song Charoen Gold Shop owned by Kesinee Obomkul in Ubon Ratchathani.

The former monk had sold gold ornaments to Kesinee through his relatives on several occasions. Kesinee also owns a housing estate in Muang district and the former monk bought three houses from her but only paid for one. According to her, Wirapol did not pay for the Bt2.8-million house in the form of gold ornaments. She did not provide details on the amount of gold he sold to her.



Meanwhile, a man named Suphan Khonhin, who claims to be related to Wirapol, set fire to his motorcycle in a protest outside the DSI headquarters. He also lodged a complaint against the agency saying the former monk was not being treated fairly.According to reports, he was undergoing treatment for severe depression. The DSI is waiting for Suphan's parents to produce documents certifying that he is depressed or he will be charged with causing a disturbance. Suphan is currently in DSI custody.