Heavy Security For Lo Hsing
Heavy Security For Lo Hsing-han Is he a State Minister now?
S.H.A.N. source from northern Shan State reported on 18 July that Lo Hsing-han had been accorded the same high level of security for state ministers and regional commanders during his trip from Lashio to Mandalay.
On 14 July, many people who saw a heavily guarded motor cade, made up of 7 - 8 trucks, on the way from Lashio, the capital of northern Shan State, to Mandalay, the capital of northern Burma, with the forefront 4-wheeler flashing its redlight and blaring its siren, thought there must be either some SPDC minister or a regional commander in it. But riding in the second Toyota Land Cruiser, Prado Model, in the middle of the procession they noticed was none other than Lo Hsing-han, the man the United States Government declared a US$ 2 million for information leading to his capture. All the cars in front and his rear were ridden by heavily armed SPDC soldier.
One knowing person said heavy security was granted to him after receiving a note from Yawdserk, Commander of the Shan States Army, demanding from his firm, the Asia World Company, payment of tax in early May.
Tollgates along the Lashio - Hsenwi road that his company built were also transformed into thick bunkers, after news of Yawdserk's expansion from the south in June spread far and wide.
S.H.A.N. source from the east from also reported in April that Lo was given a special tight security by MI 22 in Kengtung after his return from Pangsang in the Wa territory, where the 10th anniversary of the successful Wa mutiny against the Communist Party of Burma's leadership took place.
Some rejected that the VIP treatment had anything to do with Yawdserk. "The same treatment is also given to Khun Sa, Wei Hsiaokang, Khun Seng and Lin Mingxien (Sai Lin)", said the source. Those he named are all on the wanted list issued by the United States.
"All of them are accorded the same privilege as that of state ministers", he added.