Tue 22 Apr 2014
Filed under: Inside Burma,Naypyitaw,News
Opposition MPs will raise questions regarding corruption in the judicial system in the next parliamentary session.
The Lower House representatives are compiling complaint letters to send to the Chief Justice via the legal affairs complaints and appeals committee. Evidence will be sent on to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
“We have plan to deal with this affair in depth. Due to the lack of better judicial system, the situation people face is becoming worse. Our party is receiving a lot of complaint letters,” said Lower House MP Thein Nyunt.
Over 90 percent of 10,000 complaints received by the legal affairs complaints and appeals committee concern corruption and bribery of judges, according to committee chairperson Thura Aung Ko.
“Yangon stands top in the corruption and bribery cases, followed by Mandalay. The commercial hubs see more corruption cases,” said Thura U Aung Ko.
Recently, a woman involved in a drug case had to pay up to Ks 1.5 million in bribes for a minimum sentence to Kamaryut Township court, in Yangon Region.
A case in Ayeyawady Region was dismissed after the judge asked for Ks 1 million in charges. The defendant lodged a complaint after paying Ks 150 million to the deputy judge of Yangon west district court. He alleges to have CCTV footage of the judge’s wife taking the bribe money.
MP Min Thu from the National League for Democracy criticised the handing down of stiff penalties to journalists while other criminals get off free after bribing a judge.
“This will cause damage not only to the country’s democratic opening, but also to national unity. Taking a look at the cases across the country, it is evident that the administrative body of Magway Region has influence over the judicial system. It is not in conformity with the constitution. It obviously shows that some from the judicial sector are in urgent need of mindset changes,” said Min Thu.
He added that the country’s judicial system should be aimed at educating those convicted rather than penalising them. Supreme Court Judge Myint Aung admitted that corruption was deeply rooted in the judicial sector during a meeting with legal organisations and parliamentary speaker Thura Shwe Mann.