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Myanmar launches high-level telecommunications graft probe

Published on Jan 24, 2013 3:09 PM

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar has launched a probe into alleged high-level corruption in its telecommunications ministry, officials said today, following a vow to tackle graft in the former junta-ruled country.

The government's Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI) has questioned more than a dozen ministry officials and may also grill former telecoms minister Thein Tun who abruptly resigned last week, they said.

He would be the first government minister known to have been investigated for corruption.

"About 20 officials at the telecommunications ministry have been questioned by the BSI in Naypyidaw. If a case is built with enough evidence after the inquiry, then they might summon the former minister," a government official who did not want to be named told AFP.

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