Naw Kham’s-Godfather of Golden Triangle -case: Lost in translation again!

THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2012 13:51 S.H.A.N.

One thing very clear that comes out of the CCTV’s reports on “Godfather” Naw Kham, who together with 5 colleagues are on trial today in Kunming, Yunnan province, is that he has yet to admit to the murder charges leveled at him and his gang.

Suspects of last year’s deadly attack on the Mekong River that left 13 Chinese sailors killed are on trial at the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court in Kunming, capital of Southwest China’s Yunnan province, Sept 20, 2012. Naw Kham from Myanmar, along with five other gang members, faced trial at the court. [Photo/Xinhua]

Its 18 September report includes a Q & A between him and the police:

Police: “Why were you arrested?”

Naw Kham: “Because I planned and killed 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River on Oct 15th 2011.”

That was the translation. But after listening carefully to what he said in Shan, it comes out like this:

“It concerns the killing on 2 Chinese ships on 10 October. They mistook me (for the killing) and had arrested me.”

Which goes on to show that China’s judiciary will need better interpreters well versed both in Chinese and Shan, who are not hard to find especially on the Burmese side of the border. Until the court has procured the services of such people, this trial should not proceed. But if it does proceed and the verdict comes out the way all of us are anticipating, then all of us, especially the Chinese judiciary, are violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 11:

Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.

SHAN especially requests President U Thein Sein and U Aung Min, his key peace negotiator, before they are leaving for New York on Monday, to see that well-qualified translators are there in Kunming to assist in the trial proceedings throughout their duration.

Please help our Chinese paukhpaw (sibling) to prevent itself from having kangaroo courts (I won’t say like who).

panglong org

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The prime suspect in the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River last year, Naw Kham, denied plotting the attack on Thursday. Nam Kham and five other suspects went on trial at the International People’s Court of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, facing charges of international homicide,drug trafficking, kidnapping and hijacking.

The alleged head of a Myanmar drug gang, Nan Kham claimed he neither planned nor commanded the attack in October 2011. But The other suspects confessed in court and expressed their regret for the crimes.

In a media interview before the trial Nam Kham confessed to the murders but he recanted this in court, saying he was not aware of the attack as he had had not been informed by other alleged members of the gang. But he did say that he was the gang’s leader, saying every member called him” the boss”.

The prime suspect in the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River
last year, Naw Kham, denied plotting the attack on Thursday.

According to the bill of indictment presented by prosecutors, a substantial amount of evidence, including DNA results, autopsy reports, witness statements and testmony, will be produced before the court.The trial of the six suspects, all foreigners or statelss, is expected to last 3 days.

Li Ling, Prosecutor of People’s Procuratorate of Kunming, said, “As you can see from out interrogation, the other 5 suspects have confessed very clearly in court.

Nam Kham and five other suspects went on trial at the International People’s
Court of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, facing charges of international
homicide,drug trafficking, kidnapping and hijacking.

The say that not only did Nam Kham know the thorough case, but also offered money and drugs to the participants.

All the suspects, expect Nam Kham, have presented the whole crime process.

Nam Kham’s attitude is very changable. We hope the court to take into consideration his attitude.

Because all the other suspects have confessed very clearly expect him. There should be some separation.

Confession is only one part, we are also going to build a solid evidence system.

We are going to focus on Nam Kham’ role in the gang in the later trials.”

Nam Kham and five other suspects went on trial at the International People’s
Court of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, facing charges of international
homicide,drug trafficking, kidnapping and hijacking.
Nam Kham and five other suspects went on trial at the International People’s
Court of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, facing charges of international
homicide,drug trafficking, kidnapping and hijacking.
Nam Kham and five other suspects went on trial at the International People’s
Court of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, facing charges of international
homicide,drug trafficking, kidnapping and hijacking.

http://english.cntv.cn/program/asiatoday/20120921/101159.shtml

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