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Judiciary Plagued by Graft, Complaint Submissions Say

13 January 2014

Corruption among members of Burma’s judiciary accounted for 90 percent of complaints filed to Parliament’s Judicial Affairs Committee, local media reports. “The Lower House’s Judicial, Legal Affairs, Complaints and Pleas Scrutiny Committee has received over 10,000 complaint letters as of today [Friday]. Among these 10,000 complaint letters, 90 percent of them are concerned with the corruption of judges,” said Thura Aung Ko, who serves as chairman of the committee, according to Eleven Media. Most of the complaints concern cases in which defendants paid bribes in order to win favorable court rulings or alter the outcome of criminal sentencing.