Four men convicted in killing of NLD legal adviser U Ko Ni

Kyi Lin, (2nd-R) the suspected gun man who shot and killed U Ko Ni, a legal advisor to National League for Democracy, is escorted by police on arrival to face the court verdict in Yangon on February 15, 2019.  Photo: AFP
Kyi Lin, (2nd-R) the suspected gun man who shot and killed U Ko Ni, a legal advisor to National League for Democracy, is escorted by police on arrival to face the court verdict in Yangon on February 15, 2019.  Photo: AFP

The Yangon Northern District Court in Insein Township yesterday sentenced the gunman, Kyi Lin, and Aung Win Khaing, an accomplice involved in palling the killing to death for the killing of U Ko Ni, a legal adviser to the ruling party, and two other men involved in the crime got prison sentences.
Kyi Lin, also know as Phoe Htoo, was found guilty of premeditated murder and illegal weapons possessions for the 29-January shooting of U Ko Ni and was sentenced to death under the under section 302(1)(b)/34 of the Penal Code and to 20 years in prison under section 302 (2) for fatally shot Ne Win, a taxi driver who tried to stop him after the initial shooting and to three years in prison with hard labour for illegal weapons possession.
The court found Aung Win Zaw guilty of involving in planning the killing of U Ko Ni and gave death sentence to him under the section 302 (1) (b)/34 of the Penal Code. Zeyar Phyo and Aung Win Tun involved in the crime were also sentenced five years and three years in prison with hard labour respectively.
“In today’s judgement, the court also said necessary steps will be taken in accordance with the law against the fifth suspect Aung Win Khaing who remains at large. Procedures to attach his propery in Dawbon Township is being carried out by Yangon Eastern District,” said U Ye Lwin, Director and Information Officer of the court. The verdicts came at the 104th appearing after the court heard evidences from over 200 witnesses from both sides in two years.
“We will proceed in accordance with the law. Kyi Lin and Aung Win Zaw have given seven days by the law to appeal the sentence to a higher court. The remaining two have got 60 days. But, its up to them to proceed it,” U Kyaw Kyaw Htaik, the defendant lawyer.
“The judges made decision that is right for them. But, there can be diverse opinions. The decision of the court can not impact the rue of law,” said U Nay La, the plaintiff lawer. Among the people who observed the final judgment at the court were local and foreign media and diplomats.
U Ko Ni was shot dead in a close range at the Yangon International Airport on 29th January, 2017 as he arrived back after attending the Senior Leadership Program in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 22 to 29 January.—Zaw Gyi (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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