June 26, 2017
The Yangon North District Court has announced that the trials of four suspects in the murder of lawyer U Ko Ni will begin without Aung Win Khaing, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the alleged assassination.
Prosecutor U Kay La told Eleven after the last hearing on Friday that although Myanmar has enlisted the help of Interpol and Asean, Aung Win Khaing remains a fugitive. Some reports claim that the ringleader is hiding near Naypyidaw.
The prosecution intends to call as many as 80 witnesses during the trial, but U Kay La has said the most important factor in the case will be whether the authorities can get their hands on Aung Win Khaing.
U Nay La recently told Frontier that he believes authorities should focus on identifying a driver who allegedly drover Aung Win Khaing to Naypyidaw the day after the murder.
The other suspects in the case are Kyi Lin, Aung Win Zaw, Zeyar Phyo, Aung Win Tun.
Kyi Lin shot U Ko Ni at close range on January 29, shortly after the lawyer arrived in Yangon from a trip to Indonesia as part of a delegation led by Myanmar’s minister of information.
U Ko Ni died on the spot, and a taxi driver named Nay Win was also shot and killed while trying to apprehend Kyi Lin.