Burmese ‘warlord’ confesses to murder

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Nev Khem escaped the clutches of the law for nearly a decade.

A powerful Burmese suspect named Swayambhu Samant and five others have admitted during their ongoing trial that they killed 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River.

In October this year, 13 crew members of two Chinese cargo ships were found dead on the banks of the Mekong River near Thailand, state media reported.

This person named Naew Khem is considered one of the most powerful people in the ‘Golden Triangle’ region of Thailand, Laos and Burma.

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There is absolutely no law and order in this area and it is known for smuggling drugs and other things. Nev Khem avoided the shenanigans of the law for nearly a decade.

But in April he was finally captured from Burma. The following month, he was taken to China along with five other people, where he faces trial on charges of murder, drug trafficking and kidnapping.

The Kunming court will sentence them all in the next few days.

Jonathan Head of the BBC in Bangkok says pressure from China has led authorities in Thailand, Laos and Burma to move against Nay Khem.

According to the BBC correspondent, even after this, there is still a lot to be revealed in this matter.

Thai marines are also accused of being involved in this massacre. The trial in the case against him is still ongoing.

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