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Burma: Ko Ni supporters criticise trial of accused

June 23, 2017

Frontier Myanmar

The chief suspect in the assassination of lawyer U Ko Ni remains at large, while supporters of the late National League for Democracy adviser have criticised the trial of those suspects who have been arrested.

Police have so far detained four men in connection with the brazen killing, which took place at Yangon International Airport on January 29, but U Aung Win Khaing, who police believe was the main figure behind the operation, has not been arrested. Media reports suggest he is in hiding around Nay Pyi Taw but authorities say they have not yet been able to locate him.

“The most important thing in this case is to find Aung Win Khaing,” said lawyer U Nay La, who told reporters he was supporting Ko Ni’s family throughout the trial. “In my personal view, the entire testimony is not sufficient,” he said in relation to the trial of the four suspects, the latest hearing of which took place at Insein court on Friday.

Nay La believes the key to finding Aung Win Khaing is identifying a driver who, he said, drove the suspect to Nay Pyi Taw on January 30, the day after the killing.

“I think that the driver should be examined in further sessions,” he said.



Burma: No justice for slain Myanmar lawyer Ko Ni

June 17, 2017

This photograph taken on November 10, 2013 shows Muslim lawyer Ko Ni delivering a public address on amending Myanmar's 2008 constitution, as senior National League for Democracy (NLD) party patron Tin Oo (R) listens, in Yangon.   Thousands of mourners gathered on January 30, 2017 to bury Ko Ni, a top Muslim lawyer and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi, who was gunned down outside Yangon airport in what the ruling party called a political assassination. / AFP PHOTO / Hong Sar

Contributor Bertil Lintner knew intimately the ruling National League for Democracy’s top legal advisor and his plan to enact a more democratic constitution

Four months since Ko Ni, one of Myanmar’s most prominent and talented lawyers, was assassinated in broad daylight outside Yangon’s airport and local authorities are not any closer to solving the case. The gunman, Kyi Lin, was apprehended only because furious taxi drivers parked outside the airport chased and apprehended him.

An antique smuggler from Mandalay, Kyi Lin had obviously been hired to kill on the fateful day of January 29. But the person who has been named as the possible mastermind of the plot, a former army officer known as Aung Win Khaing, vanished without a trace in the capital Naypyitaw after the killing — quite a feat given the military-built city’s vast, almost empty streets and scattered building complexes.

The ineptitude of the investigation has been matched only by misleading reports in the Western media. Nearly all major Western publications, including the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post, dwelled on Ko Ni’s religion, Islam, as a probable motive.

The Economist called Ko Ni a “prominent defender of religious minorities”, while the Financial Times described him as “one of Myanmar’s most prominent Muslim voices.” The BBC even linked their account of the killing to its previous reports on the persecution of minority Muslim Rohingyas in western Rakhine State.




Burma: Six Ko Ni witnesses in court

June 10, 2017

Yangon North District Court examined six witnesses in the case on the assassination of Ko Ni, legal adviser to the National League for Democracy, yesterday.

The four witnesses included a police major, captain, corporal and lance corporal and the manager of Nay Pyi Taw Herbal Park

Nay La, a prosecution lawyer, said: “Six witnesses were called in the case against fugitive Aung Win KhaingThe court mainly examined four out of six witnesses. Today there was one distinct point. According to the testimony of witness Myint Khaing, Aung Win Khaing visited his company’s office on around February 10. Aung Win Khaing was in Nay Pyi Taw two weeks before the police searched for him.”

Suspected ringleader Aung Win Khaing was last seen at the Herbal Park. 

Kyi Lin, Aung Win Zaw, Zeyar Phyo, Aung Win Tun and Aung Win Khaing have been charged. 

Ko Ni was shot by Kyi Lin at close range on January 29 when he arrived back with a delegation led by Information Minister Pe Myint from Indonesia. 

On February 15, the President’s Office said Aung Win Khaing, a retired lieutenant-colonel, ordered the assassination of Ko Ni by paying Ks100 million. 

The victim died on the spot and a taxi driver, Nay Win, who tried to capture the assassin, was also killed.



Burma: Court Orders Police to Re-Examine Fugitive in Ko Ni Murder Trial

May 26, 2017

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Rangoon’s northern district court ordered on Friday that the police reexamine the case surrounding the fugitive Aung Win Khaing in the U Ko Ni murder trial, including a nationwide search if necessary.

Last week, the Rangoon Division High Court rejected the petition from lawyer U Nay La—representing the family of the assassinated National League for Democracy (NLD) legal adviser U Ko Ni— requesting a new arrest warrant be issued in Naypyidaw for the fugitive.

Aung Win Khaing is suspected of involvement in the murder but remains at large. He was last seen in Naypyidaw, according to CCTV footage.

“Even though the High Court refused to issue a new arrest warrant, it ruled that the investigation of fugitive Aung Win Khaing [prior to the trial] was insufficient,” U Nay La told The Irrawaddy after the hearing at the northern district court on Friday.

“In accordance with the ruling of the High Court, the northern district court ordered [the police] that the search for the fugitive Aung Win Khaing be carried out again more thoroughly,” he explained.

Before the trial in early March, U Nay La initially requested that the northern district court issue the warrant in Naypyidaw, but the court ruled against the move.


Burma: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Robert Sann Aung in Myanmar

May 19, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Robert Sann Aung in Myanmar.

Robert Sann Aung is a well-known human rights lawyer and activist in Myanmar. He is a former prisoner of conscience who has been imprisoned six times for his peaceful political and human rights activities. His defence of peaceful political activists, who were charged by the former military government, led the authorities to revoke his law licence in 1993. Since it was reinstated in 2012, Robert Sann Aung has continued to represent human rights defenders and activists charged in politically motivated cases, as well as victims of human rights violations and their family members. His clients have included human rights defenders, student activists, protestors of a contested copper mine and people whose lands have been confiscated by the military. He was a 2015 finalist for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

It has come to the Law Society’s attention that Robert Sann Aung has been receiving regular death threats, insulting messages and disturbing phone calls since the assassination of lawyer U Ko Ni on January 29, 2017. In one such phone call, he was threatened with: “Aren’t you afraid to die? You will be the next person who will be killed.” These messages and phone calls (some of which are from international numbers) mostly occur between the hours of 10 pm and 12 am, and frequently warn him not to reform Myanmar’s military-drafted 2008 Constitution. Robert Sann Aung is an advocate of constitutional reform and has previously made social media posts and given a media interview in which he discussed the issue.

In addition to receiving threatening phone calls and messages, Robert Sann Aung is being monitored by Myanmar’s security forces. According to him, as he was traveling back to Mandalay on December 19, 2016, he was approached by a man wearing civilian clothes in the airport in Bhamo Township, Kachin State. The man claimed to be from Military Intelligence, but gave no evidence to substantiate the claim. Since then, the man has waited for Robert Sann Aung at the airport and followed him until he boarded his connecting flight on four separate occasions. Robert Sann Aung further reports that people surveil his home and the local teashop he frequents at least twice a week.


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Burma: Court Rejects New Arrest Warrant in U Ko Ni Murder Trial

May 19, 2017

The Rangoon Division High Court rejected a petition from a lawyer in the U Ko Ni murder trial requesting a new arrest warrant be issued in Naypyidaw for fugitive Aung Win Khaing on Friday.

Lawyer U Nay La—representing the family of the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) assassinated legal adviser U Ko Ni—presented the criminal revision to the divisional court on April 28.

Aung Win Khaing is suspected of involvement in the murder but remains at large. He was last seen in Naypyidaw, according to CCTV footage.

Prominent Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni was shot by gunman Kyi Lin outside Yangon International Airport on the afternoon of Jan. 29. Police have put forward four suspects: gunman Kyi Lin, and alleged co-conspirators Zeya Phyo, Aung Win Zaw and Aung Win Tun.

Lawyer U Nay La initially requested that the northern district court issue the warrant in Naypyidaw in March, but the court ruled against the move.

Last month at the divisional court, he claimed that the district court has been handling the case “carelessly” and is “weak” in examining the case surrounding the fugitive in accordance with designated procedures.


Burma: Search continues for fugitive in Ko Ni killing as Interpol wades in

April 11, 2017

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Aung Win Khine, pictured here, is the alleged mastermind of a plot to kill the prominent lawyer Ko Ni.

Law enforcement authorities are exerting every effort to track down Aung Win Khine, the fugitive suspected mastermind in the killing of prominent lawyer Ko Ni early this year, the chief of the Myanmar Police Force said on Monday.

Zaw Win, the MPF chief, said at a press conference that police in the capital Naypyidaw were working together with authorities all the way down to the village and ward level in their pursuit of the wanted man. Information on Aung Win Khine, including pictures of him and details on his background, have been disseminated to relevant authorities in all of the country’s states and divisions, he added, as well as providing those materials to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the event that the suspect has fled Burma to another country in the region.

Last week, Interpol announced that it had put out a “Red Notice” on Aung Win Khine, alerting law enforcement officials within all countries party to the international policing organisation that he is a wanted man in Burma.

According to Interpol, “A Red Notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.”