Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Buddhist monk attacks Cambodian man

The Age -
August 20, 2008

Cambodian man caught "loitering suspiciously" at a Buddhist pagoda was attacked by a monk with a machete, local media said.

Soy Narith, 22, was recovering from severe chop wounds to his leg and left side after Buddhist monk Em Eat, whose age was not supplied, allegedly set upon him on Monday with a long knife, the Khmer-language Koh Santepheap newspaper said.

The paper quoted police as saying that Eat suspected Narith was trying to steal temple property.

Buddhism preaches tolerance and non-violence but Eat reportedly told police it also taught that people should not steal.

Police were continuing the investigations as Narith accused Eat of being of no good character and that he should possibly change his vocation.

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