Myanmar junta arrests USDP official for alleged links to online fraud gangs

The arrest of former party executive member Myint Hlaing comes as China continues to pressure the regime to rein in criminal activities along the two countries’ shared border

Myanmar’s military regime has arrested a senior official of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) at the urging of China’s government, sources in Naypyitaw have confirmed.

Myint Hlaing, a former central executive member of the military’s proxy party, was taken into custody early Wednesday morning for questioning regarding his alleged involvement with online fraud gangs, the sources said.

The arrest is just the latest carried out at China’s behest since late last year, when Chinese officials began pressuring the regime to crack down on illegal activities in areas along the two countries’ shared border controlled by the junta’s ethnic Kokang allies.

Since then, an anti-regime ethnic alliance has seized control of the area, vowing to shut down criminal operations run by pro-junta militias.

Sources in Naypyitaw told Myanmar Now that the arrest of Myint Hlaing, a retired lieutenant general, followed a meeting. . .

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