Democratic Voice of Burma unveils documentary film on corruption

Democratic Voice of Burma unveils documentary film on corruption
The comparison between the plaintiff's and the DVB’s death certificates

The Democratic Voice of Burma Friday held a press conference in Yangon on their latest film documenting corruption related to fraudulent claims on two land cases.

The film is called 'Civil Suit Nos. 416 and 417' exposing two separate but related cases in Kyunkalay village, Hlegu Township.

Two land plots in question were owned by Lee Ywin Kyin, believed to be nephew of infamous drug lord Lo Hsing Han. Leong Nguet Lin, aka San Sa Yi, tried to litigate and win the ownership of the plots worth Ks 1 billion (S$1.3 million).

The DVB took four months to make the documentary based on information supplied by Win Htun, a security guard hired by Lee Ywin Kyin to watch over the plots.

The DVB investigative report revealed Lee Ywin Kyin as the Chinese national from Kokant who built a largest opium refinery. He was also the committee member administering Lo Hsing Han's Kokant armed forces in northern Shan State Special Zone.

He bought the two plots with fake nationality identification card. His land purchase happened in 1997 after he moved to Yangon following the Kokant Zone peace agreement with the government.

He reportedly died in a military skirmish between 2008 and 2009.

As plaintiff, Leong Nguet Lin litigated to claim ownership of the plots and demanded the eviction of Win Htun.

The film depicts a meeting between DVB reporter and the plaintiff examining evidence such as the marriage certificate between Leong Nguet Lin and Lee Ywin Kyin, their wedding invitation card dated 1978, the photos of the couple, Lee Ywin Kyin's residence in Singapore and his death certificate.

The DVB has subsequently uncovered that Leong Nguet Lin was single and that the death certificate and proof of residence submitted to the court by the plaintiff might have been fabricated.

The film has documented a scene of a meeting between Leong Nguet Lin, her lawyers and an official from Kyungalay Village who claimed to be an interpreter when Lee Ywin Kyin made the land purchase.

According to DVB, judge Lay Lay Mon of Mandalay Region High Court ruled in October 2010 in favour of the plaintiff. The judicial decision did not address the authenticity of plaintiff's evidence. There was no defence argument mentioned.

The presiding judge gave an interview in the documentary.

Film maker and director Khin Maung Win said most scenes in the documentary were shot without the subject's knowledge because the authorities had refused to cooperate.

He said his aim was to expose unfair cases. The litigation is still ongoing and being heard in the court under Section 17 of the Civil Code.

The director said the documentary had no linkage to the imprisonment of DVB reporter Zaw Pe for Magway Region. In that case, the reporter faced charges filed two years ago while the land plots just came to light in December.

Security guard Win Tun said he did not know whether the original land owner, Lee Ywin Kyin, is alive and that his responsibility was to take care of the land.

Eleven Media contacted DVB to confirm Lee Ywin Kyin being a nephew of Lo Hsing Han. In his reply, Khin Maung Win said they had firm evidence of this but Lo Hsing Han's side was not in a position to comment. Moreover, Lee Ywin Kyin bought the land with his fake nationality identity card, he added.

He said he viewed the case, ongoing for more than five months, as a far cry from fairness and righteousness.

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