CRIME IN BRIEFS
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