Rowdy Monk and Pagoda Boy Get Bail

A monk and a pagoda boy who were arrested last month when police found them drinking inside a pagoda with two women amid evidence of drug use and sex were on Wednesday released on bail by the Siem Reap Provincial Court, an official and a lawyer said.

Monk Pich David, 36, and pagoda boy Huot Chantra, 21, both residents of Wat Pur Langka in Siem Reap City’s Slakram commune, were released under strict conditions while the court continues investigating the charges against them, said Penh Rith, chief of logistics at the Siem Reap Provincial Prison.

Pich David was defrocked following his arrest, but has since been reinstated into the monkhood. Both he and Mr. Chantra have been allowed to return to the pagoda, said San Van, a monk at Wat Pur Langka.

The bail conditions for the two include returning to court when ordered, not changing their residence without court permission, making no contact with witnesses and reporting to the Slakram commune police once a month, according to their lawyer, Ham Sunrith.

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