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Thailand: Extravagant former Monk bags 114years in prison

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 A former Thai Buddhist monk who provoked outrage with his lavish lifestyle was sentenced on Thursday to 114 years in prison after a court found him guilty of fraud, money laundering and computer crimes.

Wirapol Sukphol, who was seen in a YouTube video in 2013 holding wads of cash on a private jet, returned to Thailand in July 2017 after being extradited from the United States where he had fled.

Wirapol, formerly known by his monastic name Luang Pu Nenkham, was expelled from the monkhood in 2013 after the video surfaced. He was accused of having sexual intercourse – a grave offense for monks – with an underage girl, among other charges.

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He later fled to the United States.

A criminal court in Bangkok sentenced Wirapol to 114 years in prison though he will only serve 20 years because Thai law stipulates that is the maximum for someone found guilty of multiple counts of the same offense.

“He committed fraud by claiming to have special power to lure in people and he also bought many luxury cars which is considered a money-laundering offense,” an official at the Department of Special Litigation told Reuters.

The official declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

“The court found him guilty of multiple offences which resulted in a 114-year jail term when combined, which means he will actually serve 20 years in jail,” he said.

Neither Wirapol nor his lawyer were available for comment.

Wirapol faces separate charges of child molestation and child abduction. A verdict in that case is expected in October.

Wirapol’s high-profile case highlighted a series of sex and money scandals that have rocked Thailand’s Buddhist clergy in recent years, resulting in calls for reforms of religious institutions.

The military government that came to power after a 2014 coup has stepped up efforts to clean up Buddhism by arresting monks involved in corruption scandals and through the introduction of a bill that reduces the influence of Buddhism’s Sangha Supreme Council – the governing body of Buddhist monks.

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Indians demands UN intervention on Kashmir terrorist attack

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Indians has call on UN to intervene on the recent crisis in Kashmir that has left dozens dead, the suicide attack is the deadliest attack recorded in the town.



However, Pakistan militant has taken responsibility of the attack but  the Indians has discarded the claim stating that their government is to be blame for the bombing. meanwhile, has urged Pakistan militant to show prove to their claims.

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Indian foreign ministry reacted to the claims saying  “We demand Pakistan to stop misleading the international community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control,”

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The situation will see the sitting President face a tough competition when rebidding for re-election.

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Famous designer Karl Lagerfeld, Dies at 85

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Karl Lagerfeld, a genius born on 10 September 1933,  was a German creative director, artist, photographer and caricaturist also known as the creative director of the French luxury fashion house Chanel as well as creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house has died on Tuesday in Paris. He was 85.



A source says, the famous designer death was announced on Tuesday.

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His sudden dismissal on earth has attracted alot of  tweet from his fans describing him as the greatest orchestrator of his own myth.

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In his 80s, when most of his peers were retiring to their yachts or country estates, he was designing an average of 14 new collections a year ranging from couture to the high street, and not counting collaborations and special projects. His signature combinations of “high fashion and high camp” attracted Rihanna; Princess Caroline of Monaco; Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund; and Julianne Moore.

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