Nay Pyi Taw, 12 October
Life imprisonment for former members of the military council, Lt. Gen. Moe Myint Tun and Brigadier General Yan Naung Soe, who committed treason and corruption, was lenient, said political analysts.
Lieutenant General Mo Myint Tun and Brigadier General Yan Naung Soe were accused of committing treason, taking bribes from businessmen, and engaging in civilian business activities during their service.
The military council announced on October 10 that the two generals were sentenced to life imprisonment equivalent to twenty years after being charged with relevant articles in military court.
U Than Soe Naing, a political analyst, criticizes that “the crimes committed by the two generals who abused their power caused a lot of loss to the country, so they should be sentenced to death, and the punishment is lenient in this case.”
Lt. Gen. Moe Myint Tun, a confidant of the military leader, served as chairman of the Myanmar Investment Commission, the Foreign Exchange Supervisory Committee, and the Central Committee on Ensuring Smooth Flow of Trade and Goods.
Brigadier General Yan Naung Soe, former assistant to Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, was also the joint secretary of the Central Committee on Ensuring Smooth Flow of Trade and Goods.
CDM Capt. Kung Thu Win also said, “The generals will not suffer in prison like other people imprisoned for criminal offenses. They were once high-ranking people, so the prison staff will take care of them. They will be released with less days served and won’t have to serve the whole sentence.”
Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, who was given a life sentence, was replaced by General Mya Tun Oo, who was picked by the military chief.
It has been said that Lieutenant General Mo Myint Tun embezzled over $5 billion USD, although the military regime has yet to publish an official statement on the matter.
Some have pointed out that more effective measures should be taken against the two generals who brought the country’s economy into crisis.
Political analysts have considered that the life imprisonment of the two generals is to prevent a mutiny in the army.
News – Than Lwin Times