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Buddha Isara detained, defrocked over PDRC protests

Police commandos raided the Onoi Temple on Thursday morning to arrest its well-known founder and abbot, Phra Buddha Isara.


The monk has been charged with illegal association for his role in the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protests and the unauthorised use of the initials of the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit in amulets.

Phra Buddha Isara has denied the charges.The Criminal Court rejected his bail request out of concerns that he might tamper with evidence.

By monastic rules, Phra Buddha Isara had to disrobe because he was detained in jail.

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