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7 Partying monks suspended and given suspended prison terms

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Seven monks who were partying in a temple on Sunday night, four of them abbots, have been removed from monkhood and subsequently fined and given suspended prison terms for violating the Covid19 measures.

In response to complaints from local residents, police raided a residence for monks at Wat Pansao in Muang district and arrested the seven monks and a layperson.

They enjoyed an abundance of food, with roast pork and beer.

They were subsequently charged in Chiang Mai court on charges of violating the Disease Control Act and the emergency decree on Covid-19. Yesterday afternoon, the seven monks were expelled from the order by the Chiang Mai monastery head at Wat Upakhut in Tambon Chang Khlan, Muang District.

The defendants appeared in court again this morning.

The court sentenced each defendant to 15 days in prison, one year of probation and a 10,000 baht fine.

Of the seven expelled monks, four were abbots – at Wat Pansao, at Wat Yang Kuang in tambon Hai Ya, Wat Hua Fai in tambon Chang Khlan and Wat Ban Ping in tambon Si Phum, all from the main district.

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