Thais in Laos fined for spreading Buddhism

Thais in Laos fined for spreading Buddhism

The 10 Thais arrive at Ban Khok border pass in Uttaradit. (photo by Boonnum Kerdkaew)
The 10 Thais arrive at Ban Khok border pass in Uttaradit. (photo by Boonnum Kerdkaew)

UTTARADIT - Ten Thai nationals have been released after being fined 15,000 baht each by Lao authorities for spreading the Buddhist faith and setting up a branch monastery in a village, local authorities said.

The six men and four women were handed over to Thai authorities at a border pass in Ban Khok district after being detained for about a week.

They were arrested on June 15 at a village in Xaiyaburi province for allegedly preaching Buddhism and setting up a monastery.

According to local authorities, the group has affiliations with a Buddhist monastery in Tak province, and their arrest is unlikely to affect Thai-Lao relations.

Laos is a communist state, ruled by the People’s Revolutionary Party. 


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