Partying monks expelled, given suspended jail terms

Partying monks expelled, given suspended jail terms

The seven monks caught partying at a temple in Muang district, Chiang Mai, on Sunday night are expelled from the monkhood by the provincial monastic chief, at Wat Upakhut, on Monday. (Photo: Panumet Tanraksa)
The seven monks caught partying at a temple in Muang district, Chiang Mai, on Sunday night are expelled from the monkhood by the provincial monastic chief, at Wat Upakhut, on Monday. (Photo: Panumet Tanraksa)

CHIANG MAI: Seven monks found partying at a temple on Sunday night, four of them abbots, have been expelled from the monkhood and then fined and given suspended jail sentences for breaching Covid-19 containment controls.

Acting on complaints from local residents, police raided a residence for monks at Wat Pansao in Muang district and arrested the seven monks and a layman.

They were enjoying an abundance of food, with roasted pork and beer.

They were subsequently indicted in Chiang Mai Court on charges of violating the Disease Control Act and the emergency decree on Covid-19.

On Monday, the seven monks were expelled from the order by the monastic chief of Chiang Mai, at Wat Upakhut in tambon Chang Khlan, Muang district.

The eight defendants appeared before the court again on Tuesday morning.

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

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 in Muang district.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (29)

Three local artists make '2022 Power 100' ranking

The Culture Ministry congratulated three Thai artists listed among the most influential people in art in the "2022 Power 100", an annual ranking by the London-based magazine ArtReview.

07:00

'No faults' in mall's fire systems

Pathumwan district officials inspected CentralWorld shopping centre after a fire broke out on the mall's second floor yesterday and concluded the building's emergency sprinklers and fire alarm systems were working normally.

06:44

Passenger safety derailed

Passengers, staff alike bemoan pending fate of Railway Police Division, which is falling victim to 'reform' in October next year.

06:30