Bangkok embassy official accused of taking $140k in bribes

A former labour official at the Myanmar embassy in Thailand is among three people who have been charged with bribery following a probe by officials, the anti-corruption commission said Thursday.

San Maung Oo is accused, along with two alleged accomplices, of accepting more than 4.3m baht ($140k) in bribes from dozens of companies while posted in Bangkok between 2017 and 2019.

It is unclear whether the trio have been arrested yet.

The commission said it has requested records from the Central Bank of Myanmar to help with its investigation, and its officials have travelled to Thailand to request records from a bank there.

Officials did not give further details about the trio’s alleged offences.

The anti-corruption commission has taken criticism in recent years for failing to hold high-ranking officials to account. President Win Myint has sought to counter that criticism by promising to make tackling graft a key feature of his tenure.

The commission’s biggest victories to date are the prosecutions of former Tanintharyi chief minister Lei Lei Maw, former Yangon Region advocate general Han Htoo and former Food and Drug Administration chief Dr Than Htut.

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