Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lower House to tackle judicial bias


Tuesday, 10 January 2012 14:41 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – The chairman of the Burmese Lower House judicial and legislative committee says it will draft a law to allow people to sue corrupt judges who abuse the judicial system. The next parliamentary session opens on January 26.

Chairman Thura U Aung Ko told reporters in late December that the problem with the judiciary was that many members and the police were not independent and made decisions based on the views and orders of superiors.

He was quoted in the Myanmar Times as saying, “If the judiciary is dominated by directives or verbal orders, then the judicial pillar will be biased. I would like to say clearly on behalf of the committee that we are going to wipe out this problem.”

“In 2011 we saw a big shift in Myanmar politics, the start of democracy. All democratic countries have three branches of power: the legislative, executive and judiciary. While the legislative and executive have started changing, the lower levels of the judiciary remain unchanged. They cannot follow into the democratic era.”

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