Expelled from monkhood for sexual misconduct in 1994 after being caught on video, the famous monk fled with forged passport to US, seeking asylum.
Phra Yantra returns to Thailand 19 years later after charges against him expired (Photo by Nucharee Rakrun)
Yantra returns to Thailand
A fugitive monk, who lived abroad for 19 years, has returned to Thailand after the cases against him expired.
Vinai La-ongsuwan, better known as Phra Yantra, together with 10 followers, was found at his home town in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Pak Phanang district, on April 21.
His assistant said Yantra returned to the southern province on April 13 from Malaysia to meet the monk who ordained him and will soon return to the United States.
He entered the country legally because the statute of limitations in the cases against him had already expired.
Yantra was a priest for several years before he entered the Buddhist monkhood in 1974 at Wat Rattanaram in Pak Phanang.
In 1994, he was accused of a number of charges including defaming the Supreme Patriarch and having sex, a violation of monkhood, with his nocturnal visits being captured on video. The Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand found him guilty of conduct unbecoming a monk and expelled him. (Article continues after photo).
Phra Yantra wearing a different colour robe after being expelled for sexual misconduct from the monkhood.
Yantra refused to accept the resolution. He insisted he was still a monk and changed the colour of his robe to deep purple, attracting many followers.
Yantra later allegedly obtained a forged passport and fled to the US, where he was granted asylum.
The former monk preaches in this video clip, uploaded by YouTube user Panna Paramita, three years ago.
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abroad : in or to a foreign country - ในต่างประเทศ
accused : to be said to have done something wrong or committed a crime - ถูกกล่าวหา
allegedly : claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven - ที่กล่าวหา
asylum : the right to stay in a country, given by a government to protect someone who has escaped from war or political trouble in their own country - การลี้ภัย
attract : to cause someone to be interested in something - ดึงดูดความสนใจ
capture : to film/record/paint, etc. somebody/something - เก็บภาพ, จับภาพ
case : a matter that is being officially investigated, especially by the police - คดี
charge : to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
conduct : the way someone behaves, especially in relation to particular rules or accepted ways of behaving - ความประพฤติ
defame : to say or write something bad about someone that is not true and makes other people have a bad opinion of them - ทำลายชื่อเสียง
expel : to force someone to leave a place, school, organisation or country - ขับไล่,ไล่ออก
expire : to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ
flee (past form: fled) (verb): to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger or consequences - หนี
follower : a person who believes in and practices a religion -
forge : to make illegal copies of something valuable, especially in order to earn money - ปลอมแปลง
fugitive : someone who has done something illegal and is trying to avoid being caught by the police - ผู้หลบหนี
grant : to officially give something - ให้
guilty : having been decided by a court of law that you committed the crime your were accused of - มีความผิด
insist : to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
misconduct : unacceptable or bad behaviour by someone in a position of authority or responsibility - การประพฤติผิด
monkhood : the fact of being a monk - เพศพระภิกษุ, เพศบรรพชิต, ความเป็นพระ
nocturnal (adj): happening at night, active at night - เกี่ยวกับกลางคืน, ออกหากินเวลากลางคืน
obtain : to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult - ได้มา, ได้รับ
ordain : to officially make someone a monk or priest in a religious ceremony - บวช อุปสมบท
passport (noun): the official government document that people need to travel outside their own country - หนังสือเดินทาง
preach : to give somebody advice on moral standards, behaviour, etc - สั่งสอ
refusal : an act of saying or showing that you will not do, give or accept something - คำปฏิเสธ, การปฏิเสธ
resolution : an official decision that is made after a group or organisation have voted - มติ
robe : a long loose outer piece of clothing - เสื้อคลุมยาว
Sangha : ordained Buddhist monks or nuns - สงฆ์
statute of limitations : the legal limit on the period of time within which action can be taken on a crime or other legal question - อายุความ
Supreme Patriarch : the head of the Buddhist monks in Thailand - พระสังฆราช
unbecoming : not appropriate or acceptable; not suiting a particular person - ม่เหมาะสม, ไม่งดงาม, ไม่สมควร
video clip (noun): a short piece of video, in YouTube, for example - คลิปวีดีโอ
violation : an action that is against a law, agreement, principle, etc. - การฝ่าฝืน