Two Myanmar military generals sentenced to 20-year prison term for treason, corruption

Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun and his junior, Brig-Gen Yan Naung Soe, are convicted in a closed court of several charges related to the abuse of power concerning investment, trade and currency exchange

Former military council member Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun and his subordinate Brig-Gen Yan Naung Soe were sentenced by a military court to life imprisonment—a period equivalent to 20 years—for high treason and corruption, junta-controlled media announced on Tuesday evening.

Moe Myint Tun was one of junta chief Min Aung Hlaing’s most trusted disciples and headed the regime’s Myanmar Investment Commission, Foreign Exchange Supervisory Committee, and Central Committee on Ensuring Smooth Flow of Trade and Goods.

The junta said that he was convicted of several offences in addition to treason, including bribery, illegal possession of foreign currency, and failing to take action against individuals who raised the price of set-price commodities such as cooking oil. 

He was the fifth-ranking member of the 18-member military council formed after the 2021 coup, but was removed from the administration following his arrest in September.

Similarly, Yan Naung Soe, who was arrested alongside Moe Myint Tun, was convicted of the same charges, according to the junta’s announcement, which did not state when the sentencing had occurred.

Read more about the arrests of Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun and Brig-Gen Yan Naung Soe.

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