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Ex-Myanmar Minister’s Son Jailed for 30 Years After Drugs and Guns Bust

Naypyitaw — A Naypyitaw court on Monday sentenced a former sports minister’s son, Phyo Ko Ko Tint San, to more than 30 years in prison on 14 firearms and drugs charges. The case has been investigated since late 2017. Phyo Ko Ko Tint San is the son of U Tint San, the sports minister in […]

US Man Charged in Cannabis Case Fled Myanmar for US on New Passport

MANDALAY—A missing US citizen who was charged by a court in Myanmar with growing cannabis fled the country on a new passport and is now back in the United States, a source who personally knows him has confirmed to The Irrawaddy. John Fredric Todoroki, 63, was arrested by Mandalay police in April 2019 along with […]

Mandalay Court Collects US$227,000 for American’s Bail in Cannabis Plantation Case

MANDALAY—The Myingyan District Court in Mandalay ordered a bail bondsman involved a prominent cannabis case to pay 325 million kyats (US$227,000) on Tuesday, as the US citizen involved in the case has failed to appear in court in violation of his bail. Dr. Khin Maung Win, a bail bondsman for US citizen John Fredric Todoroki, […]

Myanmar Court Issues Arrest Warrant for US Citizen in Alleged Marijuana Farming Case

MANDALAY—The Myingyan District Court in Mandalay Region has issued an arrest warrant for a US citizen who went missing amid charges over his alleged operation of a marijuana plantation. John Fredric Todoroki, 63, was arrested in April 2019 for allegedly growing marijuana along with two Myanmar nationals working for III M Global Nutraceutical Company at […]

Myanmar Reportedly Set to Be Placed on Global Money-Laundering Watchlist

JAKARTA—Myanmar is set to be placed on a watchlist by a global finance watchdog this week, amid concerns of money laundering by transnational drug traffickers and weak regulation of its financial system, two sources familiar with deliberations said. A decision to put Myanmar on the “gray list” by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) […]

Black market fills the gap as drug quotas create shortage of opioids

Low domestic production and strict controls on the import and distribution of opioid medicines has created a shortage of pain-killing drugs, forcing some to turn to the burgeoning black market for relief. A CALM and peaceful atmosphere prevails at the U Hla Tun Hospice, a palliative care facility in Yangon’s East Dagon Township where treatment […]

Beggars or swindlers: untold stories of Yangon beggars

A cry of “Hey, don’t tread on me!” emerged from the busy crowd at the Thadingyut festival food stalls. An old woman, dressed in the brown robes of a yogi, was lying down holding a lit candle with one hand, and grasping a cup with money inside with the other. She was a beggar. Despite […]

Myanmar Times Co-Founder Ross Dunkley Jailed for 13 Years in Drugs Case

YANGON—After a trial lasting more than a year, Australian national Ross Dunkley, the co-founder of the Myanmar Times newspaper, and his compatriot John Mckenzie, a former IFC and World Bank adviser, were sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Yangon judge on Tuesday for violating Myanmar’s anti-narcotics law. The two foreigners were apprehended in […]

Myanmar works to improve corruption image

Myanmar has fallen further in a global corruption ranking but could improve its image following some high-profile arrests this year and as the government moves to strengthen the anti-graft agency. The Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International ranked Myanmar 132 out of 180 territories in 2018, down two places from 2017. The Berlin-based global […]

Myanmar state counselor appeals to teachers to serve in far-flung areas

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called on teachers of the country to provide education in far-flung areas, Myanmar News Agency reported on Wednesday. “Equal education opportunities should be created without differentiating between the hilly regions and lowlands and teachers should see it as a challenge to serve in remote areas,” the state […]