Murder suspect claims Burma police links

A man who stabbed to death a woman last week in Mandalay city claims he was paid a fee by a senior-ranking drugs enforcement officer to kill the victim, allegedly a wife of the police commander.

The incident took place around 6.30pm on 19 July in the city’s Thirimalar ward. The suspect was apprehended by locals after hearing the woman scream.

Police in Mandalay have refused to comment on the matter, but eye-witnesses claim the man confessed in court to being paid one million kyat ($US1,250) by Than Soe, a commander in the northern Mandalay district’s narcotics bureau, to carry out the hit.

Than Soe is currently being held by police in Mandalay pending investigation. One source said that the commander had fathered a child with the woman, but refused to pay child support fees.

Another source has claimed the woman had also been a police officer but was sacked after she became pregnant with Than Soe’s child.

The woman had reportedly travelled from Bhamo, in Kachin state, to Mandalay to confront Than Soe, and demanded 20 million kyat from him. He offered to pay only five million kyat, which she refused.

It was then that he hired a hitman to carry out the killing.

The murder suspect has also being detained at a police station in Mandalay.

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