Vietnam police asked to probe sex video featuring suspected monk

By Tran Dang - Nguyen Chung, Thanh Nien News

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An image of a suspected monk of a Khanh Hoa pagoda and a woman. A video featuring their sex scenes has gone viral online over the past days. An image of a suspected monk of a Khanh Hoa pagoda and a woman. A video featuring their sex scenes has gone viral online over the past days.

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A local chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha has called for a police investigation to verify the authenticity of a video purportedly showing a monk having sex with a woman that has gone viral online.
Over the past three days, the video featuring images and footage of sex scenes between the monk and the woman has infuriated netizens. The official news portal of the south-central province of Khanh Hoa was the first outlet to cover the case.
Tran Son, a senior official with the Khanh Hoa branch, said Wednesday that the man featured in the even-and-a-half-minute edited video looked like a venerable at a pagoda in the province's Nha Trang Town.
"We have been trying to get hold of the monk in question but to no avail," he said.
Son said he was not in a position to confirm the authenticity of the video, saying it might have been modified.
Thich Nguyen Quang of Khanh Hoa Buddhist Sangha Board of Trustees told dpa news agency that he was disappointed that the provincial newspaper ran the clip.
"I feel someone is trying to damage us," he was quoted by dpa as saying.
Earlier in October, the Buddhist sangha chapter in the northern province of Hai Duong has rebuked the head of a district chapter for posting several photos depicting a lavish life on his Facebook page.
Thich Thanh Cuong, chief monk at the Cuong Xa Pagoda in Hai Duong, drew heavy flak by posting pictures of himself opening a brand new iPhone 6 at a Hai Duong mobile phone store, talking on a luxury Vertu phone, posing in combat fatigues, with a luxury car, “hotboys” and exotic foreign locales.
Cuong was also dismissed as chief monk at the Cuong Xa Pagoda in Hai Duong and head of the Tu Ky District Buddhist Management Board.

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