NLD lawyer killed at Yangon airport

Prominent Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni has been shot dead at Yangon International Airport, National League for Democracy officials have confirmed to Frontier.

Ko Ni, a legal adviser to the NLD, was shot dead while returning to Myanmar from a trip abroad, according to U Win Htein, a senior member of the NLD. The suspect was arrested and a taxi driver was seriously injured, Win Htein said.

Photos of a man in a pink t-shirt covered in blood, identified as the chief suspect, were quickly shared on social media.

Ko Ni, a respected figure in Myanmar’s legal community was a rare outspoken voice for the country’s Muslim population.

On January 27, Ko Ni posted on his Facebook page photos of him visiting sights in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

By Kyaw Phone Kyaw

By Kyaw Phone Kyaw

Kyaw Phone Kyaw has been a journalist since 2010. He worked at the Myanmar Times before joining Frontier and specialises in business and politics.
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