Foreigner claims suspected Thai monk in sex clip is actually him

Photo of Kru Ba Gai via Prachathat

A Vietnamese man claims that it is he featured in a clip of two men having sex and not the accused famous Thai monk ‘Kru Ba Gai.’

Four former students of Kra Ba Gai, a well-known abbot of a temple in Khon Kaen province in northeast Thailand, accused the monk of having sexual relations with a man which is against the monastic code.

The students, 33 year old Wassana aka “Ikkyu” and 43 year old Komkhai aka “Bum” and two others submitted a video of two men having sex to the Crime Suppression Division for investigation, claiming it was Kru Ba Gai.

However, Kru Ba Gai (Phra Ajahn Suwit Chinwaro), the abbot of Pa Pathom Thewaram Temple in Maha Khiri district, denied that it was him.

A Vietnamese man named Thuan has come forward on Twitter (@vensaddha1) to prove Kru Ba Gai’s innocence, claiming it is him having sex in the video. He said…

“The person in the picture is me, please don’t take photos and clips to harm others, everyone has their own mistakes. (😏)”

Thuan said he is happy to testify if it helps the investigation.

Investigators from Manja Khiri Police Station summoned Ikkyu, Bum and two others to the police station for questioning.

The four former students also accused Kru Ba Gai of featuring in another sexual clip featuring two monks. In the video, one monk (allegedly Kru Ba Gai) sits watching a pornographic clip on a notebook while another monk performs oral sex on him.

However, it has since been confirmed that the monk is actually an abbot of a temple in Chaiyaphum province and not Kru Ba Gai. Authorities are investigating the offence.

The former students filed even more charges against Kru Bai Gai for land encroachment and also for laundering temple donations, which is currently being investigated by the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO).

The abbot has snapped back and filed defamation charges against all four former students for sharing false information, violating the Computer Crimes Act.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.