Gov’t warns against religious, racial incitement after murder of NLD legal adviser


The Union Government yesterday warned of possible provocation for conflict in the country, urging the people to be fully aware of religious and racial incitements following the murder of the Muslim legal adviser to the ruling National League for Democracy party on Sunday.

The Office of the President also requested the people to inform authorities as quickly as possible if they find evidence concerning the case or of actions aimed at destabilising the state.
U Ko Ni, the legal adviser of the National League for Democracy, was shot to death at close range at 5 pm on 29th January at the Yangon International Airport upon his return from Indonesia via Singapore. The statement also confirmed that two men have been arrested in connection with U Ko Ni’s murder. Kyi Lin, 52, son of U Hlaing, was arrested near the scene shortly after the incident by security forces and people nearby. Aung Win Zaw, 46, son of U Aung Than, an alleged conspirator of the crime, was arrested about 12 hours after the incident.
The police arrested Aung Win Zaw at Thanlwin Bridge, Hpa-an, on his way from Yangon to Hpa-an at 4.20 am on 30th January.
The ongoing investigation is being carried out by a combined team comprised of members of the Tatmadaw and the Myanmar Police to arrest those who are connected with the crime, at which time the findings will be made public, said the statement.

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