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Former Buddhist novice gets 20 years' prison for deception, sex with clients

Former Buddhist novice gets 20 years' prison for deception, sex with clients

A one-time Buddhist novice who made "magic charms" from the corpses of babies was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for deceiving people who came to him for help and for having sex with some of them.
The Bangkok Criminal Court convicted Harn Raksachit of placing magazine and television advertisements claiming he had magical powers that would cure serious diseases, a court official said, declining to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Harn, 46, was also convicted of having sex with people who came to him for help, a crime to which he confessed, saying "it was part of the ritual."
According to court testimony, Harn asked his female clients to undress during the ritual and persuaded them to have sex with him, claiming this would make the magic more potent.
Harn, who had been an aspirant to the monkhood in Saraburi province north of Bangkok, gained notoriety in 1995 for burning baby corpses and turning parts of them into purported magic charms. He was convicted of the crime and later released, and was arrested again in 2005 on the most recent charges.
Buddhist authorities say occult rituals are not part of the religion, but superstition and magic are often woven into the fabric of everyday practice in many parts of Asia.


Updated : 2020-12-04 19:16 GMT+08:00