The plan to assassinate U Ko Ni, a legal adviser for the national league for Democracy, was months in the planning and involved a gunman hired for Ks 80 million and two brothers, one of whom is still on the loose, according to a press release from President’s office.
The statement from the President’s office released late yesterday on the 29 January fatal shooting of U Ko Ni reveals a chilling murder-for-hire plot that involved intricate planning, at least Ks100 million in cash and a gunman willing to kill.
The elaborate plan, according to the President’s statement, began in July 2016, when Aung Win Khaing, a former Tatmadaw officer, offered his brother, Aung Win Zaw, Ks100 million to assassinate U Ko Ni. The motive for the killing is still unknown.
In October 2016, Aung Win Zaw travelled to Kayin State to purchase two guns and gave them to Kyi lin, the man who would fatally shoot U Ko Ni at close range outside Yangon national airport as the NlD legal adviser and well-known attorney returned from indonesia. Kyi Lin was given Ks80 million to carry out the murder, according to the press release from the President’s office.
Aung Win Zaw and Kyi Lin remain in custody. Interrogation of the pair has resulted in their confession of the assassination plot, the statement from the President’s office said. Aung Win Khaing remains at large, with authorities asking the public for any information on his whereabouts.
Following is the unofficial translation of appendix-2 of the press release by the President’s Office on the 29 January shooting at Yangon International Airport.
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
15th February 2017
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