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Gold mine officials accused of making false claim

The Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission has charged three directors of gold mine concessionaire National Prosperity Co (NPC) with submitting a false claim accusing civil servants of corruption.

NPC managing director U Tun Aung Soe submitted the complaint to the commission requesting an investigation of the alleged illegal extraction of gold and other minerals by civil servants in large mining blocks at Moehti Moemi in Yamethin township, Mandalay Region.

The commission found that the complaint was made with intent to defame the reputation of the civil servants, resulting in the filing of the charges under the Anti-Corruption Law, the commission said in a statement.

“If a false claim is submitted with the intent to make someone suffer, the person who filed the false claim shall face action under section 59 of the Anti-Corruption Law,” the statement said.

The commission found that U Tun Aung Soe had misused the names of eight companies to submit a complaint accusing civil servants of permitting illegal gold mining and releasing gold miners after taking bribes.

It filed the charges with Zabuthiri township police station on April 3 under section 59 of the Anti-Corruption Law.

U Myo Aung and U Sunny were alleged to have abetted the illegal act and were charged under section 59/63 of the law.

The commission said it found that the two had gone to Yamethin Prison to meet with ten employees, including U Aye Ko, who have been charged under the Public Properties Protection Act section 6(1). They coached the 10 men to say that they had mined illegally in large mining blocks at Moehti Moemi after paying bribes to mine staff and security.

The commission said that it found that some of the complaint letters were sent with honest intent, so it did not take action against those people.

Violations of Anti-Corruption Law section 59 are punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine.

Source: Myanmar Times

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