19 Cambodian Monks Arrested, Defrocked in Phuket

19 Cambodian monks are examined by Phuket's head monk, Phra Khru Meita. [The Phuket News]

(The Phuket News)

PHUKET —  Nineteen Cambodian monks were defrocked and arrested yesterday after police found them to be in Thailand illegally and soliciting donations in Wichit.

At 6pm, Muang District Clerk Suthee Sirianan, Phuket Immigration chief Lt Col Tienchai Chompoo, Wichit police, officials from the Phuket Cultural Office and Territorial Defence volunteers were all involved in the arrest of the 19 who had been camped in forest in the Chao Fa Mine areas.

The officials swooped after a call from local residents complaining that the monks had been going around asking for donations from residents and tourists. Read more here

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