A former Burmese military intelligent officer told Australian Associated Press that some of his former agent’s colleagues are living in Australia but he claims that he has no connection with them and he has no knowledge of their activities in Australia.
When a man admits to have executed many people, the right thing to do is investigate the matter and mete out the penalty he deserves.
Now an Australian citizen, Htoo Htoo Han, is telling the world that he is a criminal who is living in affluence and comfort. What could be his motives in admitting to crimes which the Burmese community are not even aware of?
He points to other guilty companions whom he says worked with him and claims that he is being warned to stop revealing about the executions he had performed with his group. He also admits that there are suspicions of his association with the military regime proven by a communication from a Burmese community in Thailand to Australian authorities.
Robert McLelland who is the Federal Attorney-General has referred the case to the Autralian Federal Police for investigation. The Australian community is protected from war criminals, ensuring their investigation and prosecution, he said. If Htoo Htoo Han is proven to be a criminal, he will certainly suffer the consequences.
War crimes, genocide offences and crimes against humanity perpetrated after 2002 is deemed punishable under Australian law. For offences committed before 2002, certain limitations are imposed.
A thorough investigation should be conducted to prove the veracity of Htoo Htoo Han’s claim.