Policemen and soldiers moonlighting
DVB ( 2 Feb 2004 )
Burmese soldiers and policemen at Kawthaung region, Tenesserim
Division in southern Burma are resorting to piracy on the
sea to feed their starving families.
On 20 January, three policemen from Aw Gyi Police station,
a soldier and three civilians robbed a fishing boat on its
way back from Thailand. After the robbery, the second-in-command
of the station told the three policemen to escape to Thailand
to evade arrest.
The victim of the robbery, U Soe Myint, the owner of a fishing
company was robbed 1.1 million kyats (approx US$ 1250) and
fuel for his boat.
The escaped robbers were eventually handed over to a local
military intelligence force after they were rounded up and
apprehended by a Burmese army veteran with the help of Thai
Burmese soldiers and policemen have been bullying and robbing
local people throughout Burma due to poverty and corruption
in the forces.