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Breaking: Head monk in court for gambling debt murder

Breaking: Head monk in court for gambling debt murder

An allegedly womanising chief monk will be sent to the Oddar Meanchey Provincial Court on Monday after confessing to killing a 62-year-old motodop with a hammer over a gambling debt.

Lek Sokha, the deputy police chief of the provincial serious crime bureau, said the monk's brother had been released after it was determined he had played no part in the murder.

“We initially detained the two men, but after questioning, we concluded the brother was not involved,” Sokha said.

Yin Naret, the head of the Oddar Meanchey provincial serious crime bureau, on Sunday identified the suspect as the 27-year-old head monk of the Wat Kiri Dey Thmey pagoda in Anlong Veng district.

“We initially arrested him after we noticed disparities in the testimonies of the suspect and his brother,” he said.

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