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27 migrants allegedly disguised as monks arrested on illegal entry charges, Bangkok abbot under investigation




PHOTO: Nation Thailand

Immigration police arrested 27 Cambodians for allegedly entering Thailand illegally and impersonating Buddhist monks. Police say the migrants allegedly disguised themselves as Buddhist monks at Wat Talom in Bangkok’s Phasi Charoen district. The temple’s abbot is also under investigation for allegedly assisting and hiding illegal migrants.

Police searched the temple after receiving a tip that hundreds of monks lived in crowded rooms, conditions that officials worry could lead to a cluster of Covid-19 infections.

“We received a tip-off that the temple had several hundred monks living in a crowded space that could become a hotspot for Covid-19… People also reported that some monks from this temple were selling food they received from the public in the morning to merchants at nearby markets for reselling.”

Police asked for identification documents from the more than 200 migrants at the temple. 181 monks from Myanmar, India, Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh had proper documents, but police say 27 Cambodians had no identification documents. The 27 Cambodians were arrested and charged with illegally entering the country and impersonating Buddhist monks.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    In god we trust. all others cash

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Is it any wonder Thailand is still viewed as a third world country by many in the west. This sort of corruption is common place, and would appear to be ‘allowed’ to happen by those charged with preventing it? Money talks (or should that be shouts) A few individuals would seem to be lining their pockets, whilst 1000’s of the population are being reduced to grinding poverty

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    brian mc

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Wat next? Abbot you a penny to the pound there’s other monk-ee business going on.

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Sad to hear of this.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.
    If a man has to dress up in an orange frock and sell the food he has begged for in the morning, can any of us without sin cast the first stone?
    Would I in the same circumstances do the same? Er, no. Orange is not my colour.

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    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Karma is something the Abbot obviously does not believe in. The fake monks are not Buddhist. This is a disgrace and an insult to all those who have taken and abide by Buddhist vows. the Abbot should be defrocked.

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    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Hahaha so all of them are Monks except the ones from Cambodia.

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    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Hahaha so all of them are Monks except the ones from Cambodia.

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