Private investigating services are illegal, says police

Myanmar’s first private investigating services company is illegal, says Myanmar’s police.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has yet to receive any report or registration for the said company, The Myanmar Times was told.

“They are operating illegally and not following the law,” said the ministry’s police force spokesperson, Police Captain Myo Thu Soe.

He said no laws or policies were established in Myanmar for freelance investigation service companies to operate.

Private Investigation Company managing director U Htay Nyunt told The Myanmar Times on February 7 that free legal advice is being given to clients.

“Our services have been sought for cases involving lost persons and money laundering,” U Htay Nyunt said.

He also said that the company was consulted for services involving matrimonial-related problems.

“We have yet to begin any investigations because we are unable to finalise our service fees and unable to negotiate them with clients who are unable to afford to pay,” U Htay Nyunt added.

“They are going to run into legal problems as the company’s services are yet to be registered. There will be a legal problem if they are now offering their services which are not bound by any law or recognised by the government,” said the police captain.

The rise of private security

The company announced their services earlier this month and were also on a recruitment drive for detectives.

It is said to have been initially formed with some 40 people who were former high-ranking police personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department and intelligence and legal experts.

“We plan to register the company with the Ministry of Home Affairs in three weeks,” U Htay Nyunt said, adding that the company will work with the respective regional police force members.

“There is a need for such services in this country since many criminal cases are yet to be investigated,” said information technology company owner Htet Naing Lynn.

“The company’s objectives are noble, and if they are able to offer services which are legal and of international standard then it would be good,” said former member of parliament and legal expert Dr Daw Nyo Nyo Thinn.

Her views were also echoed by Pyithu Hluttaw’s MP Daw Khin San Hlaing who said private investigation services are acceptable if they can complement the work carried out by government agencies.

Source : Myanmar Times

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