Judge resigns facing no confidence in Rakhine Parliament

Arakan state parliament

Arakan state parliament

( Sittwe, 26 October 2013): Facing no confidence motion in the Rakhine State Parliament by some Arakanese Parliamentarians, a higher court judge has tendered her resignation. The Rakhine State high court judge, Daw Si Si had resigned from her post recently, just before the next session of Rakhine State Parliament scheduled to begin on 6 November, said U Aung Mra Kyaw, an Arakanese lawmaker from Sittwe township.

The Burma President U Thein Sein has revealed about her resignation (order no 46/2013 on 22 October 2013) after receiving Daw Si Si’s resignation to his office few days back. The President’s office has however allowed Daw Si Si to vacate the post according to her convenience.

The challenge for the Rakhine State high court judge mounted following the no confidence vote carried out by 14 Rakhine State Parliamentarians.

“We had forwarded the no confidence proposal against Daw Si Si, as she misused her  judicial power for cash benefits in a money swindle case that took place in Mrau U town during 2010,” added U Aung Mra Kyaw.

The case is related to Daw Than Tin from Mrauk U town who had reportedly misappropriated Kyat 4300 lakhs (430 million Kyat) meant for agriculture sector share holders.

The shareholders filed a case against Daw Than Tin in the township and district level courts. According to reliable sources, Daw Si Si had forced both the courts not to accept the case.

“When we received the complain  letter from the shareholders about the case, we grew doubts against Daw Si Si and the collectively put forwarded the no confidence motion on 9 and 10 September in the Parliament. We are convinced that she had misused her judicial power,” asserted U Aung Mra Kyaw.

Later the Rakhine State Parliament set up a probe committee with five of it’s representatives and ordered it to submit a report in next Parliamentary session scheduled to resume in the next month.

“If Daw Si Si was not guilty, she could have come to the Parliament to clarify her position. But she preferred to resign than coming to the Rakhine State Parliament for clarification,” added U Aung Mra Kyaw.

Narinjara tried its best to contact the high court judge for more information but has not received  the communication.


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