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Legal issues on corporate Manslaughter and corporate Homicide
- Crime is an act or omission, prohibited by law as injurious to the public at large and punishable by the State. Corporate crime is a crime committed either by a corporate body or by its representatives acting on its behalf. To commit a crime a defendant must generally commit a guilty act (actus reus) while having a guilty mind (mens rea). Under the common law, a company which is lack of the criminal mind can commit the offences and the mental state of person who is the directing mind of company may be attributed to the company itself. In the United Kingdom, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, 2007 provided for crimes committed by the company especially for corporate killing. In Myanmar, there is no specific law for such kind of crime. One day in future when a number of public companies increase, there surely will arise many criminal cases. To handle these problems, the specific law should be well prepared ahead.
Myo Thandar Kyaw