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Wanted monk arrives in Thailand after U.S. extradition

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 01:06

A former Buddhist monk, wanted on child sex charges as well as fraud and money laundering, arrives in Thailand after being extradited from the US. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) A former Buddhist monk wanted on child sex charges arrived in Thailand's capital Bangkok late on Wednesday (July 19) after being extradited from the United States where he had fled. Wirapol Sukphol came to public attention in 2013 when a YouTube video appeared showing the then-monk on a private jet with a Louis Vuitton bag and wearing aviator sunglasses, behavior deemed contrary to Buddhist teachings and a monk's vow to shun material goods. Later that year, he was expelled from the monkhood after being accused of having sexual intercourse - a grave offence for monks - with an underage girl. He then fled to the United States. Millions of dollars in assets were uncovered in his name. Thailand's Department of Special Investigation eventually filed charges of child molestation, child abduction, public fraud, money laundering and computer crime against Wirapol.

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Wanted monk arrives in Thailand after U.S. extradition

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 01:06