Monk Murdered in Love Triangle
In the prosperous NE Thai Town of Udon Thani the Immensely Wealthy owner of a Large Private Hospital has been arrested for arranging the Murder of a Monk. Buddhism and the Monkhood are revered in Thailand the fact that the Monk was part of a Love Triangle involving one of several Mia Noys ( Mistresses of the Hospital owner in no way detracting from the anger of the Locals. The Monk was Gunned down while on his way back to the Monastery after the early Morning Ritual of receiving Alms!!
Local Scuttlebutt has it that the Hospital owner had an eye for the Ladies and ran 5 or 6 Mistresses among them Female Doctors in his employ. The Monk formerly a Doctor in one of the Towns Government Hospitals is believed to have been carrying on an affair with a Female Doctor who was one of the Randy Hospital Owners Stable!
It appears that this senseless Murder was caused as a result of the Baffling ( To Westerners) Thai obsession about loosing Face!! Apparently Banjerds rich Friends were Ribbing him about the fact that the Monk had pinched his Girl-Friend. Now anywhere else in the World the Cuckolded Male would either confront his Love Rival or more sensibly content Himself with the fact that he had 5 other Girl-friends and could should he so wish have another 500 more!!
As mentioned Banjerd is enormously wealthy prior to owning the Hospital he was a Senior Policeman ( It would seem that Police and former Police do rather well for themselves in Thailand Think Thaksin Shiniwatra former Policeman then Telecoms Billionaire and Latterly of course Thai Prime Minister.) One Level of the Hospitals Multi Storey Car Park is reserved Solely for Banjerds 75 Strong Collection of Mercedes Cars (Some apparently Housed in Glass Cases!!)
Banjerd is rumoured to have offered the local Cops 50 Million Baht One Million Pounds or 1.5 Million Dollars to drop the case. The fact that the case had become National News plus the Profession of the Victim have ensured that this unlike most problems with the Udon Thani Police can NOT be fixed by a Cash Payment!! Murders are not infrequent in Thailand and if the accused can come up with a frequently fairly modest donation they will Walk!!
Thailand’s Image of Friendly Smiling Folk is a rather thin Veneer which when scratched reveals a Country where Corruption Reigns. The Udon Thani Police for example are a Mafia feared and Hated by Thais in Equal Measure. Had Banjerds Victim been an ordinary member of the Public none of this would ever have come to light.
Possibly because they do not trust the Udon Police or more likely to Steal the Kudos for his arrest the Bangkok Police Flew Banjerd to Bangkok with his Co Accused last Saturday. The Trio were Paraded at a News Conference (Where the Thai Police try to look efficient dressed in their Immaculate Uniforms) The Co Accused Fessed Up and could well receive the Death Penalty while Banjerd Protested his innocence, he was however remanded in Custody and may not see his Beloved Mercedes for rather a long time!!