Solicitor Mary Jean Reimer is said to be filing a lawsuit with the High Court on Monday against Sik Chi-ding, the Buddhist nun accused of stealing money from Ting Wai Monastery in Tai Po last October.
As a director of the monastery, Reimer is demanding that Sik and her husband be relieved of all their duties in the monastery, and that they obey an order from the Lands Department to dismantle the columbarium inside the monastery, Sing Tao Daily reports.
Reimer is filing a civil claim against Sik and two other directors, surnamed Kong and Hui, for allegedly misappropriating donations amounting to nearly HK$10 million from the monastery, the report said.
Sik has reportedly occupied government land since 2005 to build a columbarium with each cinerary urn space sold for HK$75,000.
Reimer will also seek a court order for the nun to release the accounting records of the monastery over the last few years, provide a complete list of the expensive furniture, antiques and other items purchased using the monastery’s funds, as well as return HK$580,000 used to buy insurance for herself and for her own remuneration.
Reporters of the newspaper said the nun had spent HK$100,000 on mahogany wood furniture from public donations.
Between 2005 and 2009, the monastery recorded a combined income of HK$2.05 million from sales of urn spaces. However, there have been no accounting records of the sales since 2009.
Sik became a Buddhist nun in 2002 and married Sik Chi-keung on Aug. 17, 2006. The couple divorced after her husband had been granted a Hong Kong identity card.
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