Military and Kokang armed group trade allegations of harbouring fugitive gang leaders wanted by China

The MNDAA accused the junta of helping Bai Soucheng and alleged cyber scam gang leaders escape justice, while a junta spokesperson claimed scammers with Chinese citizenship were paying ethnic armed groups for protection

Following the Chinese government’s issue of arrest warrants for alleged kingpins of online scam gangs, the military regime and an anti-junta ethnic armed organisation have accused each other of sheltering criminals involved in the cyber fraud operations. 

Pheung Daxun, current leader of the Kokang organisation Myanmar Democratic National Alliance Army, said in a New Year’s address that the military had evacuated online scam gang leaders by helicopter from the Kokang region, allegedly including former politician and Border Guard Force commander Bai Soucheng. 

Chinese authorities put out warrants for the arrests of Bai Soucheng, Wai San, and Lee Kyain Chan and eight other prominent public figures in the Kokang region on December 10, 2023 for suspected involvement in online scam operations.

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