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A military tribunal in conflict-torn Myanmar has sentenced two high-ranking generals to life in prison after finding them guilty of high treason, accepting bribes, illegal possession of foreign currency and violating military discipline, state-run media reported on Wednesday. .
The sentences appear to be the harshest yet for senior members of military administrative bodies, imposed after the military seized power from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government more than 2 1/2 years ago . The country has been in turmoil ever since, with widespread armed resistance against military rule.
Officials include Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, who has been army chief of staff, served as a member of the military’s ruling State Administration Council and chaired three key economic supervisory bodies. He was sentenced to “transportation to suffer” for a period of 20 years, equivalent to life imprisonment.
“Transportation” is an archaic legal term meaning deportation to a remote location, usually a penal colony.
According to the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper, Yan Naung Soe, a brigadier general who served as joint secretary of one of the committees chaired by Moe Myint Tun, received the same prison sentence.
In the report, both of them were described as former generals, that is, they had already been dismissed from the army.
Last month, two officials were reportedly detained in the capital Naypyitaw and investigated following the arrest of several private business operators who allegedly paid bribes to Moe Myint Tun and his subordinates. Moe Myint Tun was removed from the State Administration Council in a reshuffle in late September.
At a meeting a few days after the reshuffle, Myanmar’s military leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is reported to have told his fellow ruling council members that he was appointed because he was considered trustworthy, and those who Will misuse the position. Suspended and punished.