Danish Burma Committee Accused of Corruption

The Danish Burma Committee has bribed officials, and corrupt partners and bought alcoholic beverages and a car to Thai police officers for public Danish development funds, according to two confidential reports analyzed by Ekstra Bladet, a Danish daily.
The Danish Burma Committee has also purchased unsafe and useless medicine at inflated rates and allegedly illegally sent it over the border from Thailand into Burma to help the poor populaton inside Burma.
Professor at the Copenhagen Business School Kim Klarskov Jeppesen, an expert in auditing and fraud, has analyzed the two confidential reports for the newspaper. The reports were written in October and November for the Danish Embassy in Bangkok. It is not yet known who at the Embassy in Bangkok or at the ministry in Copenhagen leaked the reports.
The Committee has since 2003 received around 45 mill. DKK in support from Danida, the official Danish development agency. The Danish Burma Committee is an umbrella organization. Under the umbrella are among others the Danish Workers Union (LO), the Danish Church Aid, the Social Democratic Party and the The Danish Nurses’ Organization.
The Secretary General of the organisation denies almost all the accusations in the reports.

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