Burma: Myanmar: Leading lawyer Ko Ni assassinated at Yangon airport
January 29, 2017
A leading lawyer and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has been shot dead at Yangon airport in Myanmar.
Ko Ni was shot in the head on Sunday after arriving from an international trip. A taxi driver was also shot.
A suspect has been detained but there are no details on the motive.
Ko Ni was one of few prominent Muslims in a country dominated by Buddhists. It is not clear if that was a factor in his death, says the BBC’s Jonah Fisher.
Assassinations are extremely rare in Myanmar.
A student activist dating back to the uprising of 1988, Ko Ni was a political prisoner and then, once released, a senior lawyer and adviser to the NLD.