Senior Mining Enterprise Official Arrested for Corruption

By San Yamin Aung 1 April 2019

YANGON—The managing director of the government’s mining enterprise was arrested on corruption charges in Naypyitaw on Monday.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said in a statement issued Monday afternoon that it had opened a case at Zabuthiri Myoma Police Station against U Than Daing, the managing director of No. 2 Mining Enterprise under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.

The commission said that after receiving a complaint against U Than Daing, it conducted an investigation and found that he abused his position by requesting a payment of about 3.3 million kyats (US$2,162) from a company hired to level land he owned in Zabuthiri Township in Naypyitaw in 2014. It also found that the managing director asked a company to pay 4.2 million kyats (US$2,787) in hotel fees his family incurred while on vacation in Ngapali Beach, Rakhine State during the water festival in 2016.

The commission did not identify the companies involved or the person who filed the complaint.

ACC spokesperson U Kyaw Soe told The Irrawaddy the managing director was detained at Zabuthiri Myoma Police Station but declined to comment further on the case.

The commission opened the case against U Than Daing under Article 56 of the Anti-Corruption Law. The law prescribes a maximum 10-year prison sentence for political officeholders found guilty of corruption.

The detention of the managing director follows last month’s arrests of former Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lei Lei Maw and three officials from Global Grand Services Co.