A dozen customs officials charged after bribery complaint

A Dozen customs officials have been charged with taking bribes from vehicle importers at a port in Yangon after the Anti-Corruption Commission looked into a complaint against them.

The commission on Monday said the allegations against the customs officials under the Ministry of Planning and Finance were true. They were charged under Section 56/63 of the 2013 Anti-Corruption Commission law.

Since taking office as president, U Win Myint announced that he will effectively crack down on corrupt government officials.

According to the complaint filed with the commission, importers had to pay money to the customs officials to speed up the process of picking up imported vehicles from the port.

The commission said the inspecting officer of the Customs Department received K2.4 million (US$1700), while officials who scrutinise the vehicle’s year of production, or model year, made K1.5 million when three delivery vans were imported a first time.

When similar vehicles were imported a second time, a total of K4.8 million was given to officials at the department.

According to these findings, cases were opened on Monday for all these officials at Thilawa area police station in Kyauktan township, Yangon Region, and arrangements were made to prosecute them.

Those facing prosecution included three directors and one deputy director at the department, for failing to crack down on bribery of officials under their control.

The Myanmar Times | July 17, 2018