CNTV -KUNMING – Myanmar drug lord Naw Kham and three of his accomplices, all of whom wereconvicted of murdering 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River in 2011, will be executed bylethal injection on March 1 in the city of Kunming in Southwest China’s Yunnan province, acourt in Kunming said Wednesday.
he court upheld death penalties for the case’s prime convicts – the Myanmar drug lord NawKham and three of his right-hand men.
The Provincial Higher People’s Court of Yunnan also sustained sentences for the two otherMyanmar convicts, known by their Chinese names Zha Bo and Zha Tuobo. They were handeda death sentence with two-year reprieve and eight years in prison, respectively.
The six were convicted of intentional homicide, drug trafficking, kidnapping and hijacking by alocal court in Kunming, capital of Yunnan, in November.
Nicknamed “The Godfather,” Naw Kham was the boss of the largest illegal armed drugtrafficking gang on the Mekong River, which flows through China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand,Cambodia and Vietnam. Continue reading “MYANMAR-CHINA: GODFATHER OF GOLDEN TRIANGLE Naw Kham and three of his accomplices TO BE EXECUTED MARCH .”
A Thai court might acquit Golden Triangle Godfather Naw Kham if he had been tried in Thailand and not in China, according to a lawyer in Chiangmai.
Comparing Naw Kham, who is awaiting court decision in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, with a multi-murder suspect in Thailand whose story has captured the headlines for weeks, the lawyer, who asked not to be named, said:
“By contrast,” he said, “the Mekong, where the 13 Chinese sailors were killed, does not belong to Naw Kham. Those who had been witnesses to his masterminding the killings were also the co-accused (who could be deemed as doing what they could to seek official pardon). And I have not heard weapons used in the killings had been produced as evidence during the trial. Had he been tried in a Thai court, these are not sufficient to convict him.”
He however admitted he knew very little about Chinese laws. “But members of his family should do what they can to help him,” he suggested. “They should hire a lawyer, if possible a Chinese lawyer, to find if he could get a lighter sentence.”
Naw Kham, who, from 2006 to until his capture in Laos in April, had been running a protection racket in the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Burma and Thailand meet. He has been charged of the killing of 13 Chinese sailors on 5 October 2011. 9 Thai military officers have also been accused of involvement in the murders.
Naw Kham and 5 of his aides went on trial on 20-21 September in Kunming. He has denied he had a hand in the killings. Sentencing, according to Xinhua, is to take place following review by a collegiate bench.
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.
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!”
Business sources SHAN has talked to have rejected Thai drug czar’s claim that after drug “godfather” Naw Kham was arrested on 25 April, the one most worth watching is Yishay, leader of the Nampong People’s Militia Force (PMF) in Tachilek, opposite Thailand’s Maesai.
“They’d do better to watch the Punako PMF (led by Ja Ngoi and Ai Long),” said a businessman who is visiting the border. “Because, when it comes to production and exporting of drugs into Thailand, Punako is bigger than Nampong.”
Punako (Monghsat township) lies west of Nampong (Tachilek township). The road that branches out from Mongtoom on the Monghsat-Tachilek road is guarded by the Burma Army’s two light infantry battalions: 553 and 554. Continue reading “After Naw Kham, there’s Punako”
10.may 2012 Naw Kham, Mekong godfather, captured in Bokeo on 25 April, handed over to Chinese officials by Laotian authorities in Vientiane this morning.(CCTV)
29.april 2012 Sukhum Opasnipat, Deputy Secretary General, Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), says it has received confirmation from Lao authorities of having apprehended drug godfather Naw Kham , and that he has been moved to Vientiane. He believes Naw Kham will be extradited to China to face charges on his alleged involvement in the killing of 13 Chinese sailors in October 2011. (Thai News Agency——–
Latest report (unconfirmed) says Naw Kham has been moved to Luang Namtha. He has offered 20 million baht ($ 6.67 million) “bail” for his release. China meanwhile has offered a 2 million yuan ($ 3.33 million) “reward”. (SHAN)
27.april Vientiane has yet to make any official statement on the recent arrest of Naw Kham, according to sources in Chiangrai. His followers in Tachilek say it is hard to believe their leader would be so careless he got caught so easily. ASTV and The Nation report among 8 of the suspects arrested on 25 April were Naw Kham himself and his lieutenant Tao Mai Daeng. “Tao” is Mister for Laotian. (SHAN)
26.april Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), whose leader Saw La Bwe aka Nakhanmwe is on Thailand’s drug reward list, issues statement inviting Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamroong, head of the anti-drug suppression center, to visit his headquarters and verify his allegations. “If he fails to do so, the DKBA will take action in accordance with international law,” it warns. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Tel: (66) 087 571 4771
20 April 2012
Thailand announces 12 million baht ($ 400,000) bounty for 25 drug smugglers including:
Naw Kham 2,000,000 baht ($ 66,666)
Yishay 1,000,000 baht ($ 33,333)
Saw Lah Pwe-(Nakhanmway ) DKBA 1,000,000 baht ($ 33,333)
BANGKOK, April 20 – Thailand’s Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) has allocated Bt12 million bounty for the 25 most wanted drug dealers and run a 24-hour information hotline, according to Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung.
Mr Chalerm, in his capacity as Director of the National Command Center for Drugs (NCCD), said the Bt12 million in rewards was set for information leading to the arrest of 25 of the most wanted drug dealers to suppress the major drug trafficking syndicates including drug kingpin Usman Salaemaeng who operates network in the southernmost provinces and drug lord Naokan (NorKham or NarKham) who directs drug cartels along the Thai, Myanmar, and China borders.
He said the bounty for the two men was Bt2 million each while the reward for other 23 drug dealers varied upwards from Bt100,000.
The 25 major drug traffickers were part of more than 60,000 dealers who run drug rings at the moment, he said.
The deputy premier said that the higher rewards did not mean to bribe but could be incentive for officials and public to participate in giving information that could lead to the arrest of the dealers.
The poster, bearing photos and information of 25 most wanted drug dealers printed in the English, Thai, Myanmar and Yawi languages — would be distributed nationwide and would also be published on online media, he said. The hotline would open round the clock to receive information.
He said the person giving information would receive 60 per cent of each reward while the remainder would be given to the authorities who arrest the wanted dealers.
Thirty-six suppression teams have been set up to track down the dealers and coordinate with agencies concerned–including international agencies–to bring the drug traffickers for prosecution in Thailand in case they were arrested abroad. (MCOT online news)
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