Brothers detained for monk ploy

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Fake monks Sambath Heng and Sambath Samborn. Supplied

Military police in Banteay Meanchey province have issued warnings to two brothers who posed as monks to collect donations in Mongkul Borey market.
 
Provincial cults and religion department director Yin Khoeun said the monks looked different from normal monks, prompting district military police to arrest them.
 
“After the arrest, they sent them to the provincial military police,” Mr. Khoeun said.
 
“The provincial military police first did not take action against them, but they called our department of religion to help examine if they are real or fake monks.
 
“I assigned my deputy to go and check, but they did not have monk identity cards,” he said. “Then, I brought the two monks to the provincial buddhist hall chief and he confirmed that they were fake.”
 
The pair were defrocked and sent back to the provincial military police to take legal action.
 
Police identified them as Sambath Heng, 21, and Sambath Samborn, 20, from Siem Reap province.
 
Provincial military police judicial office chief Prum Theng said the men were forced to act as monks because of their desperate povery.
 
“The two young men are living in difficulty because their parents are disabled, so they faked it as monks,” Mr. Theng said.
 
“After the warning, we invited their parents from Siem Reap province to come to take them back home.”
 
Mr. Theng said the brothers had believed what others told them.
 
“They saw five others of their group do that, so they did the same. We only warned them not to do anything like that again because they are simply poor,” he said.

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