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

Sai Aung Myat, one of detained godfather Sai Naw Kham’s lieutenants, is yet to return from China

13 September 2012
Sai Aung Myat, one of detained godfather Sai Naw Kham’s lieutenants, is yet to return from China, although he was suppose to be back in Burma within a week. He was taken out of Kengtung prison on 28 August by Chinese authorities. The Burmese police officials had reportedly escorted him only as far as Taping on the Lwe. He was then tied up, blindfolded and taken across the Mongla-Daluo checkpoint into China. (SHAN)

Yilai: Another lieutenant of Naw Kham

MONDAY, 03 SEPTEMBER 2012 11:17 S.H.A.N.

One of the three prime suspects who are going on trial in China for the 5 October killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Golden Triangle is Yilai or Yin Lang as the Chinese pronounce his name.

According to the former Mong Tai Army (MTA) fighters of the late Khun Sa (1934-2007), once dubbed “Lord of the Golden Triangle”, Yilai, age around 56-60, used to be the leader of the Nahai Long People’s Militia Force (PMF) in Mong Lane tract, Talerh sub-township, Tachilek district.He had joined the MTA and, after the MTA surrendered, worked with the Shan State Army (SSA) South. That was until he was recruited by Naw Kham, following the latter’s establishment as a protection racket in the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Burma and Thailand in 2006, taxing drug smugglers going across the Mekong into Laos.

“Yilai has a nice home in Tambon Pa Mued (in Maesai),” said an SSA officer, who had also served in the MTA. “You don’t need to ask me where he got the money to build it.”

Yilai and Chamras Phacharoen aka Olarn Somphongphand (incorrectly written Chamras Somphongphand aka Olarn Phacharoen by several papers, according to his childhood friends in Maesai), better known as Pu Nuad, had planned the killing of the sailors and planted 920,000 speed pills  to implicate Zhao Wei, the owner of the Kings Romans casino in Laos’ Tonpheung, opposite Thailand’s Chiang Saen.

“It is still a mystery who masterminded the operation,” said a businessman. “Because Naw Kham, Yilai and Pu Nuad were unlikely to have strong motives to incriminate Zhao Wei.”

The 5 October killing followed the joint Sino-Laotian raid on the casino in September, when 20 sacks of drugs were netted, according Thailand’s deputy prime minister Chalerm Yubamroong. There were no reports that Zhao was taken action by the authorities, following the raid.

9 Thai military officers are also being charged with involvement in the killing.

One result, as quoted by the Irrawaddy from the Chinese nationalistic website, is the establishment of “China’s first military base abroad” in Moung Meung, Bokeo Province in Laos.

The two other suspects to be put on trial are Naw Kham, who was captured Laos on 25 April, and Hsang Kham, who was arrested in Thailand on 20 April. Yilai was nabbed in Laos earlier.

Naw Kham, whose capture, death or alive, is top priority to the newly formed 4 nation patrol force on Mekong

12.december 2011

Naw Kham, whose capture, death or alive, is top priority to the newly formed 4 nation patrol force, admits today he has been fighting for a week now, not against the patrol force but against the Burmese military. “My men have been idle for months,” he was quoted joking to a friend. “So I have ordered them to undergo some field training.” He may be in hiding, according to other sources, but his men are still collecting “taxes” -shan news

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9 Chinese cargo ships will be on their way from Guan Lei port in Yunnan tomorrow, stop over for the night between Burmese and Laotain part of the Mekong

8 December 2011
9 Chinese cargo ships will be on their way from Guan Lei port in Yunnan tomorrow, stop over for the night between Burmese and Laotain part of the Mekong and arrive in Thailand’s Chiang Sean, 264 km downstream, on Sunday, 11 December. China imposed a ban to Chinese ships plying the river since 14 October, 9 days after 13 Chinese crewmen were brutally killed near the Golden Triangle. (ASTV Manager Online)

Thai press: More pieces on the “massacre of 13” jigsaw_Mekong Killing_Joint Statement on

Yesterday, ASTV Manager Online, that has for years been reporting on news in the Golden Triangle, presented a clearer (but still incomplete) picture of what happened to the two Chinese cargo ships and their crew last October.

(Photo: Khao Sod)

According to the report, the two ships were seized by Naw Kham, “the freshwater pirate”, who has been running a protection racket in the area since 2007, on 4 November. One of the crew women had then made a call to Thailand’s Chiang Saen to inform about what had taken place. This had sealed the fate of herself and the rest of the crew, it says.

On the next day, the two boats were stormed and taken by the Thai Army’s Pha Mueng Task Force.

On 6 October, Pha Mueng and the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) officials held a press conference to explain the previous day’s events.

According to them, Pha Mueng received information at 06:00 on 5 October about the hijacking of the two boats and had accordingly organized a team to intercept them.

At 10:30, the two ships turned up and seeing the Thai officials trying to head them off, the unidentified armed men on the ships fired at the officials and later escaped in a speedboat. The catch, Pha Mueng and ONCB said, included 1 dead armed man and 920,000 pills of “yaba” (methamphetamines).

On 7 October, the dead crewmen and women started floating up on the river one after another.

On 28 October, Thai police summoned 9 Pha Mueng officers to face two charges: killing of 13 Chinese crewmen and women and concealing evidence, which the officers had promptly denied.

However, there are still two Jigsaw pieces missing, the report says: two well known men living in the nearby Maesai district: “Uncle N” and “Mr S”, who is Uncle N’s relative. (A source in Maesai told SHAN “Uncle N” was none other than Olarn Somphongphan aka Chamras Phacharoen, a known “Chao Paw” (Godfather) in the district.

Due to the disappearance of the two who are believed to have gone underground, at least three questions remain unanswered:

  • Where did the drugs originate?
  • Who seized the boats and killed the crew?
  • Who would be the recipient of the drugs?

A local who wished to remain anonymous said one way to find it out is to look at the year’s events that had made headlines in the area and piece them together:

4 April 2011
A ship belonging to Kings Romans Casino on the Laotian side of the Mekong seized and 19 crewmen abducted. Zhao Wei, the casino owner, was reported to have paid a hefty B 22 million ($730,000) ransom to Naw Kham

21 September 2011
Burmese and Laotian security forces attacked Naw Kham’s men at Sri Dorn Mee island, 25 km north of the Triangle. 20 of his men were said to have been killed, while 4 of the wounded came to Chiangrai for medical treatment

26 September 2011
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister announced that Kings Romans was raided and 20 sacks of yaba pills were seized

5 October 2011
Pha Mueng seized two cargo ships, one either belonging to Zhao Wei or his associate Ah Ming

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Burma, China, Laos and Thailand, will begin a joint patrol of the Mekong next month_လာမည့် ဒီဇင်ဘာလလယ်၌ တရုတ်၊ လောဝ်၊ မြန်မာ၊ ထိုင်းရဲများ

Xinhua reported yesterday, quoting a statement by Beijing, that police forces from 4 nations: Burma, China, Laos and Thailand, will begin a joint patrol of the Mekong next month. The exact date is not mentioned, but it is expected to begin before 15 December. The move follows what the Chinese press calls “the 5 October case”, the day 13 Chinese crewmen and women were brutally killed near the Golden Triangle. (ASTV Manager Online)


လာမည့် ဒီဇင်ဘာလလယ်၌ တရုတ်၊ လောဝ်၊ မြန်မာ၊ ထိုင်းရဲများ ပူပေါင်းကာ မဲခေါင်မြစ်ဝှမ်းတလျှောက်  ကင်းလှည့်မည်ဖြစ်ကြောင်းရှင်းဟွာသတင်းကို ကိုးကား ၍ ထိုင်း  ASTV  မန်နေဂျာအွန်လိုင်းသတင်းစာက ရေးသားဖော်ပြထားသည်။
ရဲတပ်ဖွဲ့အင်အားဖြင့် ကင်းလှည့်ကြမည်ဖြစ်ပြီး   ဥပဒေနှင့်မလွတ်ကင်းသည့်လုပ်ငန်း များကို ရှင်းလင်း ရေးနှင့် ဘေးကင်းလုံခြုံရေးအတွက်  ပူပေါင်း လှုပ်ရှားကြမည်ဖြစ် ကြောင်း  ရေးသားဖော်ပြထားသည်။
Naw_Kham_001ဒီဇင်ဘာ လလယ်ဟုဆိုသော်လည်း ဒီဇင်ဘာ ၁၅ ရက်မတိုင်မီ ကင်းလှည့်မှုစ နိုင်ကြောင်း၊ မဲခေါင်မြစ်အတွင်း လှေအသွားအလာကိုလည်း ထိုမှစ၍ ခွင့်ပြုမည်ဖြစ်ကြောင်း ထိုင်းအရာရှိတဦးကလည်း သျှမ်းသံတော်ဆင့် အား ပြောပြသည်။
အောက်တိုဘာ ၅ ရက် အမှုဖြစ်ပြီးနောက်ပိုင်း ပထမဆုံးအကြိမ် မဲခေါင်မြစ်အတွင်း ၄ နိုင်ငံ အစိုးရပူးပေါင်း ဆောင်ရွက်မှုဖြစ်သည်။
အောက်တိုဘာ ၅ ရက်က တရုတ်လှေ ၂ စီးအား အမည်မသိ လက်နက်ကိုင်တစုက  တိုက်ခိုက်၍ လှေလုပ်သား ၁၃ ဦး အသတ်ခံရသည့်အမှုဖြစ်ပွါးခဲ့သည်။ အဆိုပါ အမှု၏ လက်သည်မှာ ရွှေတြိဂံဒေသ၌ လှုပ်ရှားနေသော နော်ခမ်းဦးဆောင် သည့် လက်နက်ကိုင်တပ်ဖွဲ့ဖြစ်ကြောင်း တရုတ်နှင့်ထိုင်းအာဏာပိုင်များက ပြောဆို ခဲ့ကြသည်။
သို့သော် လက်နက်ကိုင်အဖွဲ့ခေါင်းဆောင်စိုင်းနော်ခမ်းမှာ မိမိလက်ချက်မဟုတ်ကြောင်း ၎င်း၏မိတ်ဆွေ ကုန်သည်ကြီးများ အားလည်းကောင်း နယ်စပ် ထိုင်းလုံခြုံရေးအာဏာပိုင်တဦးအားလည်းကောင်းပြောဆို ခဲ့သည် ။
တဖက်တွင်လည်း အောက်တိုဘာ ၂၈ ရက်က ထိုင်း ရဲအဖွဲ့က ထိုင်းစစ်သည် ၉ ဦးအား ခေါ်ယူ၍လူသတ်မှု နှင့်အလောင်းရွှေ့ ပြောင်း မှုဖြင့် စွဲချက်တင်ခဲ့သည်။
ရွှေတြိဂံဒေသတွင် လက်နက်ကိုင်လှုပ်ရှားနေသော နော်ခမ်းအကြောင်းတစေ့တစောင်း Continue reading “Burma, China, Laos and Thailand, will begin a joint patrol of the Mekong next month_လာမည့် ဒီဇင်ဘာလလယ်၌ တရုတ်၊ လောဝ်၊ မြန်မာ၊ ထိုင်းရဲများ”

Thailand: Killing on the Mekong (continued)

16.November 2011

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Thai veteran security official told SHAN yesterday, according to intelligence reports, there were 17 Chinese crewmen on the 2 Chinese cargo ships when they started from China. 5 of them had taken refuge in the Wa-controlled territory following the killing of 13 others on 5 October, he said. The 9 officers, who were later arrested, had unwittingly acted on the reports, not knowing in advance about the killing. Mae Sai News in the meantime, quoting deputy police chief Phanuphong Singhara Na Ayuddhya, reported evidence on close circuit TV on the ships is conclusive that the soldiers in fact are the guilty party. (SHAN)