Tboung Khmum Provincial Court yesterday charged four men who allegedly posed as monks to collect food from residents in Chup commune on Thursday.
However, court spokesman Hak Sieklim said that the four, who he did not name, were freed by the court on a good behaviour bond because the offence is a minor.
“The court charged them with dressing as Buddhist monks without authorisation,” he said. “However, because this charge is minor and the prison term is under a year, ranging from six days to three months, the judge decided to release them and required them to promise not to repeat the offence.”
Yeng Thy, deputy commune police chief, said yesterday that police on Thursday morning arrested the four men and another man who was driving them around after residents filed a complaint.
“The residents noticed four men dressed as monks behaving strangely and alerted us,” he said. “We arrested them and the driver and found out they were not monks.”
Mr Thy said that after the arrests, police seized monk robes and a car and took them to the district police office.