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Thai monks arrested in bid to ‘clean up Buddhism’ from graft

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SEVERAL prominent Buddhist monks and worshippers were arrested in Thailand on Thursday after police raided four temples in this year’s biggest operation to crackdown on illicit financial activities.

The raids are the military government’s latest bid to reform Buddhism, which is followed by more than 90 percent of Thailand’s population of 69 million, but whose image has been tarnished by money and sex scandals involving monks.

“This is the investigation stage… it will all come down to facts and evidence,” police official Thitiraj Nhongharnpitak, of the Central Investigation Bureau, which is investigating the monks, told reporters.

According to The Nation, more than 100 officers from the Crime Suppression Division and the Technology Crime Suppression Division, armed with court warrants, the searched raided four........

© Asian Correspondent