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Town­ship of­fi­cials from Pyin Oo Lwin charged with bribery

Bribery charges have been filed against two of­fi­cials from the Pyin Oo Lwin town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice by the anti-bribery com­mis­sion.

In a let­ter to lo­cal po­lice, an in­spec­tor from the com­mis­sion, U Kaung Zaw Thant, stated that U Tin Naing Soe and U Kyaw Kyaw Naing had re­ceived bribes from lo­cal vil­lagers and com­pa­nies in re­la­tion to land dis­putes.

As­sis­tant direc­tor U Tin Naing Soe is al­leged to have re­ceived K550,000 in cash and gifts in re­la­tion to a land dis­pute in Ma Kyee Inn vil­lage in 2014.

Deputy ad­min­is­tra­tor U Kyaw Kyaw Naing is sus­pected of re­ceiv­ing a to­tal of K12.5 mil­lion in bribes on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions in 2015.

Po­lice have filed charges against the of­fi­cials un­der sec­tion 56 of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Law. If found guilty, the two men could spend a max­i­mum of 10 years be­hind bars. – Than Naing Soe, trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

Worker suf­fo­cates in wa­ter tank

A 42-year-old Hlaing Thar­yar town­ship man was found dead in­side a large wa­ter tank in San­chaung town­ship on October 26, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Ko Maung Naing aka Thein Naing cut a 2-foot hole in the top of a wa­ter tank on the ground floor of an un­fin­ished 8-storey build­ing on Than­datar Ward’s Tay­ote Kyaung Street.

He was go­ing in­side to re­trieve wooden pil­lars, which were be­ing stored in­side and were in­tended to be used for build­ing the roof, po­lice said. But the tank lacked oxy­gen as the hole he had cut was not big enough, and he suf­fo­cated.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered his body, which was sent to Yan­gon Gen­eral Hospi­tal, at 6pm. – Toe Wai Aung, trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar

Ele­phant leather bags seized at check­point near Man­dalay

Man­dalay po­lice have seized 10 il­le­gal ele­phant skin bags at a check­point on the road be­tween Man­dalay and Pyin Oo Lwin.

A joint team made up of of­fi­cials from the Forestry De­part­ment, the Pris­ons De­part­ment and the po­lice force made the dis­cov­ery after stop­ping a truck at the 16-mile check­point for in­spec­tion.

Hid­den un­der sacks of rice and onions, they un­cov­ered 10 ele­phant leather bags which are worth an es­ti­mated K620,000 and have a com­bined weight of more than 100 kilo­grams.

Po­lice have filed charges un­der sec­tion 37(a) of the Pro­tec­tion of Wildlife and Con­ser­va­tion of Nat­u­ral Ar­eas Law against the truck’s driver and its pas­sen­ger.

If found guilty, the men may face a max­i­mum sen­tence of seven years in prison. – Than Naing Soe, trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

Man killed with scis­sors in bar fight

A 38-year-old is charged with mur­der after al­legedly stab­bing a co-worker with scis­sors in front of a bar on October 26, po­lice said.

The vic­tim and the ac­cused were both work­ing on the air­port ex­pan­sion project in Min­gal­adon town­ship. They were drink­ing at a can­teen on the con­struc­tion site when they got into an ar­gu­ment and the at­tacker al­legedly stabbed the vic­tim in the chest and col­lar­bone with a pair of scis­sors. The vic­tim died while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at In­sein Hospi­tal.

The sus­pect has been charged un­der sec­tion 302 of the pe­nal code, for mur­der, and could face life in prison if con­victed.

– Toe Wai Aung, trans­la­tion by San Layy

Biker ban­dits ar­rested

In Man­dalay, two men have been ar­rested on charges of theft after they al­legedly snatched a purse from the back of a mo­tor­cy­cle.

The vic­tim, Daw Soe Yu Maw from Chan Mya Tharsi town­ship, was driv­ing her mo­tor­cy­cle on Aung Min­galar Road at 6:30am on October 24 when two men drove up be­hind her on an­other mo­tor­bike and took her purse.

Daw Soe Yu Maw en­listed the help of lo­cal res­i­dents, who were able to ap­pre­hend 24-year-old U Tin Naing Tun as the men at­tempted a get­away. Po­lice later ar­rested the other cul­prit, U Ye Yint, 20, at his home.

Charges have been filed against the men un­der sec­tion 382 of the pe­nal code, which car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of 10 years’ im­pris­on­ment.

– Than Naing Soe, trans­la­tion by San Layy

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