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2 drunk monks arrested in north east

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A case of Bud Enlightenment? 2 Buddhist monks were arrested in their pickup truck in the early hours yesterday morning in the lower northeastern province of Sisaket. They have been charged with breaking the national curfew and drunk driving.

The two were detained in their pickup truck shortly after midnight in the province’s Muang, or city district. Police say both the driver and the passenger were heavily intoxicated, according to the police. Bottled alcohol was also discovered in the back of the pickup.

The two monks were identified as 39 year old Phra Wisan from Wat Sika, and 31 year old Phra Akaradet from Wat Baan Kae, both temples in Sisaket province.

The monks were then officially defrocked by the provincial Buddhist authority and charged with Emergency Decree violations. Under Thai law, a Buddhist monk can be questioned by police but not jailed until he is first defrocked.

The offense carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment term of up to two years and/or a fine of up to 40,000 baht.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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