Burma: Examination of Murder Charges Begins in U Ko Ni Assassination Trial

March 31, 2017

Rangoon’s Northern District Court began an examination of the murder charges in the assassination of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni as the suspects made their third appearance at the court on Friday.

Shooter Kyi Lin and three alleged co-perpetrators—Aung Win Zaw, Aung Win Khaing and Zeya Phyo—are being charged under Article 302 of the Penal Code for homicide. According to the lawyers who are handling the case, there are about 80 witnesses who will testify for the murder.

The head of Mingalardon Township police station Moe Naing submitted the case. He was examined by defense attorneys U Aung Khaing, who represented Aung Win Zaw, and U Kyaw Kyaw Htike, who represented Kyi Lin.

U Ko Ni, legal adviser to Burma’s ruling party the National League for Democracy, was shot by Kyi Lin outside Rangoon International Airport on the afternoon of Jan. 29. The police’s claim that Aung Win Zaw was with the gunman at the airport terminal, said the defense attorney, will only be legitimatized when the airport’s CCTV control room presents CCTV footage to the court.

The gunman also fatally shot an airport taxi driver, U Nay Win, while attempting to flee the scene. Kyi Lin was immediately apprehended at the crime scene.




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