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Police extort money from driver

Mar 2, 2009 (DVB), A local police detective in Nyaung Lay Pin township, Bago, has been accused of extorting money from the driver of a passenger-tiller that was struck by a motorbike driven by a relative of the policeman.

According to a witness, the accident took place in front of the government's Land Transportation Department in Nyaung Lay Pin on February 25.

He said a motorbike carrying three drunken people collided with a passenger-tiller when the bike driver lost control after trying to pass it. The driver of the bike was slightly injured.

Nyaung Lay Pin residents said that local police detective Moe Zaw Myit, who is relative of the motorbike driver, has been pressuring the tiller driver to pay 1.2 million kyat as compensation for the injury.

A relative of the tiller driver told DVB that his family offered to pay 300,000 kyat to the man on the bike but Moe Zaw Myint refused to take that and opened a police case on the incident.

He added the township's deputy police chief, Lin Lin Zaw, who favoured his fellow police officer, had changed witness accounts and crime scene information in the case report.

"Lin Lin Zaw's report said there was only two people on the motorbike when the accident happened and he also changed the location of the scene to another place to change the witness accounts," said the relative.

He said the family had written a letter to Bago division's police chief, seeking justice for the matter, but no response on that has been received.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw


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