Banteay Meanchey province: A Thai monk has been defrocked at a pagoda in the village of Bali Lei, Poipet, after being accused of being a false priest. The incident took place on the evening of January 13, 2019.
Somchart Choem-Choey, 47, was treated with suspicion after being spotted in a cafe on National Road 5. Inquiries from the Chief Abbot revealed he was just a regular citizen who was pretended to be an ordained man of orange.
As the Thai man’s passport and visa were in correct order, he was stripped of his robes and deported back across the border without formal charge, but maybe some bad karma. KOHSANTEPHEAP