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Wednesday, 18 February, 1998, 13:44 GMT
Thai authorities charge Buddhist monk accused of predicting correct lottery predictions

The authorities in Thailand have charged a Buddhist monk alleged to have predicted winning lottery numbers with violating clerical codes.

The monk, Phra Khru Sangharak, is said to have made correct predictions in eleven straight draws, causing havoc among Bangkok's bookmakers.

Senior monks in Thailand have close links with the government, and a BBC corresondent says the authorities are concerned that his alleged activities will harm the image of Buddhism.

But Phra Khru Sangharak, who faces expulsion from his temple and the monkhood, has denied making any predictions.

He says followers guessed the numbers by looking at wax drippings from candles he uses during ceremonies.

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