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World focus on Burma (26 November 2008)

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Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
… anti-Milosevic uprising in Serbia, the orange revolution in Ukraine, or the monks ‘Saffron Revolution’ against the junta in Thailand’s neighbour Burma? …

Drug-Dealing Junta Crony Gets 15 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Maung Weik is known as a generous donor to projects sponsored by the Burmese junta, once giving 270 million kyat (nearly US $235000) for restoration work on …

New Internet Censorship Plan Rattles Public
The Epoch Times, NY –
At present, China, Burma, Iran and Saudi Arabia are some of the countries that have mandatory Internet censorship. “The main similarity [with China] is that …

Trials and Prison Transfers Continue in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
More than 30 activists sentenced in the recent series of trials were transferred on Monday and Tuesday from Insein Prison to isolated prisons around Burma. …

MWAF member says women lack protection
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 26, 2008 (DVB)–A senior member of the Kaytumadi township branch of the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation who recently fled Burma has said the …

Mine casualties in Burma nearly double
Mizzima.com, India –
Domestically, Myanmar Defense Products Industries, a state enterprise in Pegu Division, is known to produce non-detectable antipersonnel landmines. …

Shans spinning multiple rings of web
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The rest about 25 websites and blogs are covering political, social and economic developments, human rights abuses and forced labor in Shan State and Burma. …

Blaze destroys church in Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi – A local Church in the town of Hakha in Burma’s western Chin state was burnt to ashes on Monday when a fire broke out, …

Can Asean Learn to Put People First?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2000 other political prisoners, the continuing use of child soldiers, and the recent …

MYANMAR: Thousands dying for lack of treatment
Plus News, South Africa –
JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2008 (PlusNews) – Thousands of people living with HIV in Myanmar (Burma) are dying because the government and international donors …

Kurelek painting exceeds estimate
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… who was PEN Canada’s recipient of the One Humanity Award this year, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison by the rules of Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

Poverty-reduction goals to be hit by global crisis
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
(Todayonline, November 7) A documentary film showing how Burmese seamen aboard Thai fishing boats are abused, beaten and even murdered is now available for …

Abandoning Burma’s HIV/AIDS afflicted community
Mizzima.com, India –
“More than 25000 people died from AIDS-related diseases last year, and even more will die in the next twelve months, unless the Myanmar government and …

Myanmar AIDS crisis could kill 25000 next year-MSF
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Frank Smithuis, head of the NGO’s mission in the former Burma, urged the government and international community to stop needless deaths in “one of Asia’s …

Thousands may die of AIDS in Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
The international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says up to 25000 may die this year of HIV/AIDS in Myanmar unless help arrives soon. …

The US State Department Promotes On-line Youth Groups The …
Softpedia, Romania –
These groups act against the ruling junta of Burma, for democracy in Israel and for stopping the atrocities that the Lord’s Resistance Army commits in …

Be thankful we can still voice our viewpoints
Asheville Citizen-Times, NC –
Headlines coming out of Burma (aka “Myanmar”) are a reminder of what we have to be thankful for as we head into the Thanksgiving season. On any given day, …

World Briefs….Burma needs ARVs
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-AFP AN ESTIMATED 24000 people will die of HIV/Aids in Burma next year unless the international donor community is willing to provide funds for …

Is There A Decrease In Cancer Rates In The US or Not?
DigitalJournal.com, Canada – 3
Some notable events of 2008 were: Cyclone Nargis battering Burma aka Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, the controversy surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics, …

Rogers Park church embraces Burmese refugees
Chicago Journal, IL –
30, 2007, has come to symbolize the plight of 50 refugees from Burma (Myanmar), including 20 children, who came to Rogers Park from a refugee camp in …

Sushi-specialist refugees from Burma recent additions to area’s …
Palm Beach Post,  United States –
Many are from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar – also known as Burma – and they form part of a small and specialized minority relatively new to South …

Felt Elephants
East Bay Express, CA –
You’d want 2008’s most gripping international fiction, such as Smile as They Bow, Nu Nu Yi’s novel about a Burmese tranny spirit medium; Breath, …

THE STANLEY FOUNDATION: CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVE MULTILATERALISM …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
For example, Burma’s membership in ASEAN in 1997 was not based on such conditions, though many participants disagreed about the wisdom, in retrospect, …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – NOVEMBER 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-11-26 03:04 After a few years of relative respite, the forcible use of unpaid civilian porters by the Burmese junta’s troops …

Letter of the Rights of the Child Anniversary
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, urged world leaders …

Business Life From Barack to Jack
Philippine Star, Philippines –
I just thought you were Burmese.” Burmese? That’s new. I was psyched for the reunion. The sensible outlook to adopt at these occasions is to manage …

US taps online groups to fight crime
MyADSL, South Africa –
The list of organisations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown …

A Preventable Fate In Burma
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Thousands of people are needlessly dying due to a severe lack of lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar, says international humanitarian organization …

Netherlands: Foreign Minister Verhagen condemns severe prison …
ISRIA (subscription), DC
Zarganar is a famous comedian in Burma (also known as Myanmar), a country governed by a military junta. He was arrested six months ago while running an aid …

45 Years for a Joke
Wall Street Journal –
It’s a concept the people of Burma understand well. One of their most famous celebrities is a comedian known for his antiregime jokes who goes by the name …

A New Approach: Incorporating civilian resistance strategies …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Responses to the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 have served to further polarize international actors on Burma into two camps. …

UN Human Rights Council to probe DR Congo violations
ABC Online, Australia –
Some 50 activist groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, appealed last week to the Council’s President, Nigerian Ambassador Martin …

Digital Influence Group Wins MITX Award for Best Use of Social Media
MarketWatch –
… Action Center and the US Campaign for Burma to build a grassroots movement to free Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. …

Child soldiers
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
According to Human Rights Watch, there are 200000 to 300000 child soldiers in more than 20 countries. No doubt this crime is under sharp spotlight of …

US–India Relations: The China Factor
Heritage.org, DC –
… movement in Burma throughout the 1980s and gave sanctuary to thousands of Burmese refugees following the military junta’s assumption of power in 1988. …

A Disappointing Record
America Magazine (subscription), NY –

True, Burma (now called Myanmar by its military rulers) did receive attention, with calls to expand the political space. There was also a special session on …

Asean lacks credibility |on rights issues
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
We have the generals in Burma happily giving out jail sentences of 65 years to human rights activists. These generals, who brutalise the people of Burma, …

Burma’s tourism industry shows signs of life
Mizzima.com, India –
… Mai – The Burmese tourism industry has picked up a little bit in recent months, after suffering serious losses in the aftermath of May’s Cyclone Nargis …

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World focus on Burma (31 July 2008)

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Private donations for cyclone victims in Burma petering off

Mizzima.com, India –

Rangoon – Three months after the killer cyclone lashed Burma’s coastal regions, survivors said aid from private donors is slowly petering off, …

Expose backers of Burma’

PRWeek UK, UK –

‘People know how brutal the Burma regime can be after coverage of the revolution and Cyclone Nargis,’ he said. ‘They want to know why it is still in power. …

Canadian Trade Controls For US Companies Doing Business In Canada

Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –

Canada’s Burma sanctions program, the most aggressive elements of which came into effect in December 2007, is a case in point. …

2008 Beijing Olympics: China Blames USA

Sports-Odds.com, FL –

… were made after the US House of Representatives passed a resolution, by 419 votes to one on Wednesday that attacked Beijing history of human rights. …

Bomb explodes in Mudon, no casualties

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – A small bomb on Wednesday night exploded at the telecommunication office in Mudon of Southern Burma’s Mon state, sources said. …

Weasels bow to China’s will

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

Giving the Games to China would in fact help human rights, the IOC said. China would be forced to open up and be nice. I mean, those nice Chinese leaders …

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma (Myanmar). …

Awareness campaign on Burma’s August uprising in Delhi

Mizzima.com, India –

… of Burma the activists will be conducting a conference; a photo exhibition of protests in September last year and the recent devastation by Cyclone …

China and the West: parallel worlds

The Age, Australia –

… rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma (Myanmar)”. …

Bush Heads to Asia For Olympic Games, Talks

Voice of America –

Mr. Bush is expected to shift focus in Thailand to another world trouble spot – neighboring Burma. “Our message is the United States believes in democracy …

THAILAND: Thaksin’s Wife Gets Jail Term For Tax Fraud

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

‘’It was a fair trial and the decision rendered by the court was fair,’’ Somchai Homlaor, a Thai human rights lawyer, told IPS. …

Eritrea “Has Become One Big Jail,” Activist Says

NewsBlaze, CA –

At a panel discussion hosted by the US Mission to the United Nations, she was one of six panelists – the others being from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, …

help: Benefit Concert for Burma and Sichuan

FStation.com, CA –
1000000 people, the populations of Oakland and San Francisco combined, already have or might die in Burma ( Myanmar ) as a result of Cyclone Nargis. …

Thailand’s human rights chief must resign

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htway appear in court

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Both Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htway were enthusiastically working to provide aid to cyclone victims before their arrests on 4 and 13 June respectively.

Zarganar Appears in Court in Insein Prison

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – By SAW YAN NAING After nearly two months in detention, Zarganar, Burma’s best-known comedian, and a colleague, appeared in court in Insein Prison in Rangoon …

Christiane Amanpour, CNN Investigate Tibetan Buddhist Struggles ...

RealityTVWebsite.com, IN –

In Myanmar, formerly Burma, Buddhist monks are also at the forefront of political unrest. Amanpour meets the leaders of the September 2007 Saffron …

ASK is answer

News Sentinel, IN –

… and Kyi were dental school classmates in Rangoon, then joined the revolution against the military dictatorship that now runs Burma, also called Myanmar. …

House Resolution Demands China End Human Rights Abuses Before Games

AHN –

Washington, DC (AHN) – The US House approved a resolution on Wednesday asking China to correct its poor human rights record before next week’s Olympics …

Junta Slams Exile Group’s UN Campaign

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The New Light of Myanmar published an article about Maung Maung, the secretary-general of the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) and other groups …

Burma on Bush Agenda while in Thailand

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… that broadcasts into Burma, so he can give a message directly to the Burmese people,” said Dennis Wilder, the senior director for Asian affairs at the …

Burma: Tom Lantos “Block Burmese Jade Act” has been passed by both …

UNPO, Netherlands –

The National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) acclaims the United States Government for enacting the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s …

Reuters –

Another 800000 were displaced in a disaster that the UN says affected 2.4 million people in the former Burma, where most people rely on farming for a living …

ABFSU slams abuse of ten Muslim students

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 31, 2008 (DVB)–The All Burma Federation of Student Unions has criticised the treatment of ten Muslim student activists who have been sent to hard labour …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“On the international front, the Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma.” Pelosi said human …

Will herstory repeat itself?

The Jewish Journal of greater L.A, CA –

Human Rights Watch reports that as a direct result of inequalities found in their countries of origin, women from Ukraine, Moldova, Nigeria, the Dominican …

US House: Statement by Chairman Berman on the House floor in …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Because of China’s failure to improve its record on supporting human rights at home and abroad, now is the time to call on China to take immediate, …

Africa: World Community Renews Call to Free Prisoners of Conscience

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Panelists from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Eritrea, Syria and Uzbekistan spoke to more than 120 diplomats, journalists and representatives of nongovernmental …

Australia rebukes China over reporter internet censorship

The Australian, Australia –

… rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma (Myanmar). …

Chinese FM Spokesman Urges US to Curb “Odious Conduct” of Anti …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… criticized China on human rights issues and asked the Chinese Government to stop supporting the governments of Sudan and Myanmar [Burma]. …

My Yoke isn’t Easy

Chiang Mai City Life, Thailand –

It is estimated 1500 citizens of Burma are held captive – some have been for many years – for having political credos different from the kleptocrats ruling …

Fresh charge against Maung Weik

Mizzima.com, India –

“He (the businessman) is suspected of allowing the Malaysian to stay in Myanmar (Burma) without informing the immigration authority,” a police source said. …

Myanmar plays the UN and the world for suckers

The Gazette (Montreal), Canada –

It’s hard to say which is more appalling: the way Myanmar’s elite skimmed as much as $10 million from international aid money flowing into the country for …

Letter: Doesn’t trust food statistics

Appeal-Democrat, CA –

Does anyone remember the recent tragedy in Myanmar (formally Burma) when a cyclone killed more than 85000 people. Their government confiscated all the …

Farmers struggle with lack of resources

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 30, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in the cyclone-hit township of Labutta in Irrawaddy division are still struggling to resume their work due to lack of resources, …

Felix Dexter – Comedy shuffle

The List, UK –

Which means that in the guise of a un-PC character, Dexter feels able to make a joke like ‘a lot of people died in Burma recently, but on the good side …

Ex-Thai PM Thaksin’s wife guilty of tax evasion

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

© AP BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – A Thai court has found the wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of tax evasion and has sentenced her …

Ex-Thai PM’s wife guilty of fraud

BBC News, UK –

The wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been convicted of tax fraud by a court in Bangkok. Pojaman Shinawatra was sentenced to three …

Ancient sculptures found in Tripura

Zee News, India –

… Palas and Guptas of Bengal, influence of the Arakan in Mynamar (formerly Burma) and local style, Jawahar Achariya, a historian and numismatist, said. …

Thaksin’s wife awaits ruling on tax evasion case

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP BANGKOK, Thailand: The wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra awaited a court’s verdict Thursday on whether she evaded millions of dollars …

Verdict expected in Thaksin tax evasion case

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

© AP BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – The wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is awaiting a court verdict on whether she evaded millions of …

… rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma (Myanmar). …

UNICEF’s change for good achieves landmark of £25 million
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition, Australia –
Earlier this year, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma), £300000 was donated to UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, helping to provide .

JVC: US Ban on Rubies, Jadeite Starts Within 60 Days of Enactment

Diamonds.net, NY –

The bill requires that within 60 days of enactment, jadeite or rubies of Burma (Myanmar) origin cannot be imported into the US This importation ban would …

White House says US wants big change from China

The Associated Press –

… lady Laura Bush will visit Thailand’s Mae La camp, home to thousands of refugees who have fled repression in neighboring Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

US Lawmakers Urge Support for Darfur Peacekeepers

Voice of America –

“The Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. Their actions run counter to our interests in …

Press Briefing by Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the …

MarketWatch –

And then he will be interviewed by the press in Thailand that broadcast into Burma, so that he can give a message directly to the Burmese people. …

Leading article: The Burmese deserve better

Independent, UK –

An admission by the UN this week that it had “lost” some $10m in aid to cyclone-stricken Burma must come as a shock to the many donors who forked out …

Medical Teams International volunteers use their unique talents

The Regal Courier, OR –

By Barbara Sherman Toni Miles has become an expert at reading product expiration dates, a skill she never dreamed would be important until she started …

New graft case against Thai PM

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

In the Myanmar case, an army-appointed graft panel accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled …

China gets pre-Olympics rights rap

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

… rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma (Myanmar). …

Trade of Burmese precious gems banned in US

WiredPRNews.com (press release), TX –

Nevertheless, despite the 2003 ban on trade, a loophole allowed the buying of gems, which originate in Burma and were polished or cut in third world …

Voice of America –

By Dan Robinson US lawmakers, organizations advocating for human rights and religious freedom, and China democracy activists have sharply criticized the …

Trade of Burmese precious gems banned in US

WiredPRNews.com (press release), TX –

The appalling record of the regime, beginning with a massacre in 1988 ending the pro-democracy disputes, has given it a reclusive status in the Western …

Summit gives disaster response leaders ‘Eagle Vision’

Edwards Air Force Base, CA –

… Midwest flooding and California fires, the imagery was used globally for responders to Cyclone Nargis in Burma, recent major earthquakes in China, …

Pelosi Statement on House Resolution Calling on China to Cease …

MarketWatch –

On the international front, the Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. …

Relief Still Spotty For Victims Of Myanmar Cyclone

OPB News, OR –

She was the only official from the Tigard relief agency allowed into Myanmar, or Burma. Dyment spent 2 months there. Dyment said the political situation …

So long bull market, it’s time to live with the bear

Stockhouse, Canada –

“And even North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) haven’t managed that little feat of autarky,” he quips. But on the whole, Canadian financial institutions have not …

Olympic Games show China through a glass, darkly

Times Online, UK –

… against Zimbabwe, not to mention its continued support for the Government of Sudan, its latest big gas deal with Iran or its heavy involvement in Burma.

President Bush Signs Myanmar Gemstone Ban

Luxist, CA –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, produces some of the world’s most beautiful rubies. The rubies from the Mogok region have a deep translucent color often …

Burmese Writers Play Cat-and-Mouse Game with State Censors

NewsBlaze, CA –

After Cyclone Nargis in May, a survivor unveiled a billboard reading, “We want food, not gold.” In Burmese, shwe, means gold, a probable reference to …

Saarc economic agenda all but forgotten
Livemint, India –
Myanmar, or Burma, was after all part of British India till 1935, after which the last king was ordered to live in Ratnagiri (in Maharashtra) where he died.

Canadian aid worker says efforts to help cyclone Nargis victims …

News1130, Canada –

But he expects it will take six months to finish that task in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which was hit by the cyclone May 2-3. …

Burma and Zimbabwe witness the last gasps of the supreme global ...

New Zimbabwe.com, Zimbabwe –

The first was Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known). We can all agree that the regime is odious. The question facing the rest of the world in the …

The Evolution of the National Security Concept of China

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

Asian financial crisis in 1997 startled the Communist leadership since “the fall of Suharto in Indonesia clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of ..

Burma: Slow Start for Free-to-Air Digital TV

RedOrbit, TX –

Consumers have been slow to adopt Myanmar’s first free-to-air digital television channel launched in early February by [army-run] Myawaddy Television (MWD), …

Myanmar business tycoon, Malaysian tried on drug-trafficking charges

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Asia-Pacific News

Jul 10, 2008, 6:20 GMT

Yangon – A Myanmar billionaire business tycoon and a Malaysian national are standing trial on drug-trafficking charges and face lengthy prison terms if found guilty, media reports said Thursday.

Maung Weik, 35, the managing director of Maung Weik and Family Co Ltd, which is involved in trading and real estate, was arrested May 31 on charges of trafficking in ecstasy, amphetamines and ketamine that were distributed at company parties and birthday celebrations, the Myanmar Times’ Burmese-language edition reported.

Malaysian national Peter Too Huat Haw was also arrested and is standing trial along with five other Myanmar nationals – Aung Min, Nay Tun Lwin, Kyaw Phone Naing, Kyaw Hlaing and Kyaw Kyaw Win – for engaging in drug trafficking, reported the newspaper, which is privately owned but censored by the government.

The trial of Maung Weik, who like most successful Myanmar businessmen has close ties with the military junta, started June 10, police said.

If found guilty, he faces a 20-year jail sentence, lawyers said.

Maung Weik was known to be close friends with Aung Zaw Ye Myint, the son of retired lieutenant general Ye Myint, who was recently asked to retire by junta supremo Senior General Than Shwe.

Aung Zaw Ye Myint is reportedly undergoing drug rehabilitation.

There was speculation that Than Shwe launched the investigation into Maung Weik’s drug dealing after his 17-year-old grandson Nay Shwe Thway Aung was found to be using drugs, said the Mizzima News, a news organization established by exiled Myanmar journalists.

Drug addiction is rife in Myanmar, once one of the world’s main suppliers of opium and its refined derivative heroin. Although Myanmar’s opium production has fallen over the past decade, the country is now a major producer of methamphetamines.

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Maung Weik Charged with Trafficking Drugs


By MIN LWIN Thursday, July 10, 2008

One of the richest men in Burma and a powerful friend of the country’s ruling military elite has been charged with drug abuse and involvement in trafficking, according to a police sergeant from Lanmadaw Township police station in central Rangoon.

The senior policeman told The Irrawaddy that Maung Weik, 35, was charged at Lanmadaw Township police station along with Nay Tun Lwin, Aung Min, Kyaw Phone Naing, Kyaw Hlaing, Kyaw Kyaw Win and Malaysian national Peter Too Huat Haw.

The Myanmar Times weekly journal also reported that the seven named suspects had been charged with engaging in drug trafficking from Malaysia to Burma since 2003.

Maung Weik, a founder of the Maung Weik & Family business group, which is involved in trading and real estate, is accused of importing ecstasy and ketamine to Burma. It has been reported that he catered to wealthy Burmese youths and sons of leading generals.

“They often held parties at their offices or homes and invited celebrities,” a close friend of Maung Weik said. “They got people hooked on drugs and then kept on selling the stuff to them.”

Sources said that ecstasy pills generally sold for as much as 60,000 kyat each (US $50) in upper-class circles in Rangoon, a relative fortune in a country where the average salary is little more than $30 per month.

“Maung Weik used drugs with family members of the ruling generals and distributed drugs to movie stars,” said his former business partner.

According to sources, Maung Weik and his cronies forced young actresses and models to have sex with them after giving them drugs.

“If some military officials or their family members want to have sex, they come to Maung Weik and he arranges one of these celebrity girls,” one of his friends said.

“He is very happy to serve up anything for Burmese officials and their families,” she said. “Whatever they want—drugs, drink, sex—he is always ready.”

“Drug trafficking crimes carry a ten-year to life sentence,” a Rangoon businessman told The Irrawaddy. “I don’t know what the government will do for Maung Weik, but he is close to the military generals and their families.”

According to several journalists, Burma’s chief of police denied that any celebrities had been arrested or detained and said they had not charged any businessmen with drugs offences or trafficking on June 26.

Meanwhile, a source close to Than Shwe’s family said that Nay Shwe Thway Aung, the favorite grandson of Burmese head of state Snr-Gen Than Shwe, was also involved in the Maung Weik drug scandal.

“I heard Than Shwe was angry at Maung Weik because he got his grandson addicted to ecstasy,” the source said. “So he ordered the crackdown on Maung Weik and his drug gang.”

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 10, 2008 at 9:16 am