Personal antagonism and extreme nationalism was behind the assassination of legal adviser to the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) U Ko Ni, said Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe yesterday.
At the press conference in Yangon yesterday, authorities disclosed that three suspects namely Kyi Lin (a) Pho Htoo, Aung Win Zaw and Zeya Phyo who involved in conspiring the January 29 assassination of U Ko Ni.
Meanwhile, the Myanmar Police Force is also cooperating with the international criminal police organization INTERPO and ASEAN Police to arrest escaping suspect – Aung Win Khaing, aged 45, who served at Lt-Col in the military till 2014, said Police Maj-Gen Zaw Win, Chief of Myanmar Police Force, at the press conference.
Kyi Lin, who shot dead the legal adviser of the NLD in a close range, got the seven-year sentence in 1985 for stealing Buddha statue and 27-year
sentence in 2003 in theft of antiques and Buddha statue, and released from the prison in 2014 after receiving the presidential pardon.
Zeyar Phyo and Aung Win Khaing, who is still at large, established a company in early 2016 and Aung Win Khaing worked as the Managing Director while wife and younger brother of Zeyar Phyo worked as directors of the company.
Zeyar Phyo and Aung Win Khaing were plotting to kill U Ko Ni, and Aung Win Khaing gave K40 million to Aung Win Zaw, brother of the escaping suspect, in April last year as a deposit, and Zeyar Phyo gave K100 million to Aung Win Khaing in August 2016.
Zeyar Phyo was a cadet of the 38th Intake of the Defence Services Academy. While serving for the Tatmadaw at the rank of Captain, he was forced to retire in 2004.
Aung Win Zaw attended 34th Intake of the Defence Service Academy from 1989 to 1993. He got a two-year jail sentence while serving for the Tatmadaw in 1996 and a 27-year jail sentence in 2002 for stealing Buddha statues. He was released from the prison in 2014 after receiving the presidential pardon.
Aung Win Zaw also tried to hire Nagar Lay, also know as Aung Kyi Lin or Aung Kyi Soe or Aung Naing Myint, in May 2016 to kill U Ko Ni for K20 million and a car without licence. Later, Nagar Lay managed to flee.
In July 2016, Aung Win Zaw offered Aung Soe, living in Insein to kill a diplomat. But, Aung Soe denied his offer.
In August 2016, Aung Win Zaw offered Kyi Lin from K80 million to K100 million to kill U Ko Ni and Kyi Lin replied that just a car was enough to kill U Ko Ni. Aung Win Zaw bought one 9mm pistol and 11 bullets for Ks2.5 million and one five-chambered gun and four bullets for Ks2.5 million.
Myanmar Police Force interrogated 71 men and two women as part of probing into the killing.
“ We have done investigation into this crime. And, we will continue our investigation,” said Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe.