Former Lashio district officials held over theft

Sep 11, 2008 (DVB), Two army officers and former chairmen of Lashio district Peace and Development Council in northern Shan State have been arrested over the disappearance of a state-owned vehicle, according to sources close to the police.

The arrests were prompted by the loss of a white Hilux pickup issued by Northeast command in 2001 for use by Lashio district PDC.

The car was given to the PDC office when lieutenant-colonel Kyaw Swe was chairman.

When the army recently demanded the car back, it was found to be missing and current PDC chair U Khin Maung Myint reported it to police station (1) in Lashio.

Lieutenant-colonels Kyaw Swe and Than Tun are now being interrogated at the police station, the source said.

"It must have been one of them as they are being interrogated at police station (1)," the source said.

Kyaw Swe started his term as chairperson in 2001 and Than Tun took over in 2004.

Current chair U Khin Maung Tun took up his position in 2006, when the post was transferred to civilians.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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