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Burma Discloses Details of Corruption Case Against Ex-Prime Minister

Burma's military government said today that ex-Prime Minister Khin Nyunt was ousted last month because his investigations of military commanders threatened the unity of the armed forces.

State-controlled newspapers on Sunday published a speech delivered October 24 by ruling council member General Thura Shwe Mahn, who said Khin Nyunt began investigating rival officers after being told he would be replaced as military intelligence chief.

Thura Shwe Mahn said those actions posed a serious threat to the unity of the military and the nation. He also told businessmen with connections to Khin Nyunt to disclose that information to the ruling council.

The former prime minister was replaced October 19 by hardliner Lieutenant General Soe Win. The change in leaders is believed to be indicative of deep divisions within the government.