Bri­tish teacher fled Myan­mar af­ter col­league death: govt

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

A Bri­tish teacher wanted by po­lice af­ter his col­league was found dead in his Yan­gon apart­ment has fled the coun­try, the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment said on 7 Novem­ber.

Po­lice said the 47-year-old vic­tim, named as Bri­ton Peter Gary Fer­gu­son, was found dead on 6 Novem­ber with wounds to his head and chest.

His wife re­port­edly dis­cov­ered the body inside an apart­ment be­long­ing to his 25-year-old col­league and com­pa­triot, Har­ris Binotti.

Po­lice said the pair, who worked at Hori­zon In­ter­na­tional School, had been out drink­ing on Fri­day night.

Myan­mar’s min­istry of in­for­ma­tion said Binotti had left the coun­try on Sun­day, but gave no fur­ther de­tails on his where­abouts.

“The de­fen­dant of the case left from Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Thai Air­ways on the even­ing on 5 Novem­ber,” it said in a state­ment.

El­derly neigh­bour Myint Myint, who lives on the ground floor of the build­ing where the body was found, said she had heard peo­ple ar­gu­ing.

“I heard their cries, say­ing: ‘Go, go,’ but I can’t un­der­stand the rest as it was in English,” she told AFP.

“I heard them throw­ing things. I think it happened around 4:00 am (on Satur­day). Then they be­came silent.”

Hori­zon In­ter­na­tional’s di­rec­tor of stud­ies said the school had heard the news of Fer­gu­son’s death af­ter he suf­fered a “hard blow to his chest and his head”.

But “we have ab­so­lutely no idea why this happened,” Shahriy­orTur­gunov added in an email to AFP.

“We haven’t heard from Har­ris, even.”

Vi­o­lent crimes against for­eign­ers are rare in for­mer junta-run Myan­mar, whose ex­pa­tri­ate pop­u­la­tion re­mains small com­pared to other South­east Asian coun­tries but is grow­ing fast.


Har­ris Binotti. Photo: Face­book

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