Two allies of junta chief investigated for graft

TWO close allies of Myanmar’s top general have been removed from the junta’s ruling council and are being investigated for corruption, a military source said.

Soe Htut, a former home affairs minister, was “returning to military duty”, according to state broadcaster Myawaddy, which announced a reshuffle of the State Administration Council – as the junta calls itself.

The military source also confirmed local media reports that Moe Myint Tun, a former chairman of the junta’s investment commission, was similarly facing a graft probe.

The reshuffled list of council members broadcast by Myawaddy did not include Moe Myint Tun, who also sat on the boards of two sprawling military-run conglomerates with interests in everything from jade to tobacco to tourism.

“Lt General Soe Htut and Lt General Moe Myint Tun ... are being investigated in corruption cases,” a military source said.

“We do not know what will happen to Moe Myint Tun,” the source said, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter. — AFP

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