Crime & Justice

Assets of Myanmar leader’s sons found in Thailand drug raid

Bangkok, Jan 11 (EFE).- Thailand’s police found the title deed to a luxury apartment and two bank books belonging to the sons of Myanmar military junta chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing in an anti-drug raid, according to a police report quoted Wednesday by the NGO Justice for Myanmar.

In a statement, the Myanmar NGO said the property title belongs to Augn Pyae Sone and the bank records to Khin Thiri Thet Mon, both sons of Min Aung Hlaing, who seized power in Myanmar in February 2021 and unleashed a violent campaign of repression.

However, the general’s sons have not been charged, nor will they be investigated in Thailand, according to Justice for Myanmar.

The assets were found during a Sep. 17 drug raid in Bangkok against Tun Min Latt, a Myanmar businessman with numerous companies in his country and close ties to the junta.

Tun Min Latt was formally charged on Dec. 13 with drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime, offenses punishable by penalties ranging from 15 years in prison to capital punishment.

The police seized assets worth about $ 50 million, including property, cash, cars, luxury watches and bags.

Aung Pyae Sone’s land title is to an apartment in the luxurious Belle Grand Rama 9 condominium in Bangkok, the same one where Tun Min Latt was arrested in September and in which he owns three apartments together with his wife, Win Min Soe.

The Khin Thiri Thet Mon bank books correspond to accounts at the Thai bank Siam Commercial Bank.

According to Justice for Myanmar, Khin Thiri Thet Mon had business in common with Tun Min Latt through the Star Sapphire conglomerate, accused of providing services and weapons to the Myanmar junta.

Before the coup in Myanmar, Min Aung Hlaing, as head of the army, had a close relationship with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, who also came to power through a military coup in 2014 and was elected prime minister after the 2019 elections.

Min Aung Hlaing, also responsible for the military operations against the Rohingya minority in 2016 and 2017, and his children have been subject to sanctions by the United States and Canada, with the military leader also being sanctioned by the European Union. EFE


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