People pay their respects at the funeral of Ne Win, who was shot dead outside Yangon airport while trying to stop the gunman who assassinated Muslim lawyer Ko Ni, in Yangon on January 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO
Ex-colonel allegedly plots murder of Myanmar lawyer
February 16, 2017 13:20 By Myanmar Eleven Yangon
Myanmar President’s Office says a retired army lieutenant-colonel ordered the assassination of Ko Ni, the legal adviser to the National League for Democracy.
It said Aung Win Zaw’s younger brother, Aung Win Khaing, who served as a lieutenant-colonel in the army, planned the killing. In 2014 he resigned from the army.
In late July, Aung Win Khaing asked his brother to find someone to kill Ko Ni for Ks100 million and Ks10 million in advance. Aung Win Zaw searched for someone to commit the assassination. First he allegedly asked Aung Soe from Insein Township and then Kyi Lin asked for the job, the President's Office claimed. Aung Win Zaw apparently asked Kyi Lin to kill Ko Ni for about Ks80-100 million. Kyi Lin reportedly said he would kill the victim if he got a vehicle. It was agreed to pay Ks80 million to Kyi Lin and Ks20 million afterwards, the department said.
In October, Aung Win Zaw went to Hpa-An, Kayin State, to buy guns with the advance payment of Ks10 million. He reportedly brought a 9mm pistol and 11 rounds for Ks2.5 million and a revolver with four rounds for Ks2.5 million. In his testimony he said the guns came from Thailand.
On January 28, Aung Win Khaing phoned Aung Win Zaw, saying that Ko Ni would fly back on January 29 and asked him to be ready. At 9am on January 29, Aung Win Khaing contacted him twice saying that he would go to the airport