Suspect held over fatal stabbing of Yangon publisher

Police have arrested a man over the killing of a Yangon magazine publisher and ruled out speculation that the case was linked to reports his media group had published about the former ruling junta, reports said.

Yangon Region police said U Aung Ko Ko, 31, who was arrested on April 19, had admitted killing Iron Rose magazine publisher and editor U Wai Yan Heinn, 27, after discovering months ago that he was having an affair with his wife, the reports said.

Police said Aung Ko Ko, a cargo officer with a Singapore-based shipping company, told them he had confronted Wai Yan Heinn over the affair in the magazine’s downtown Pazundaung Township office on April 14.

Wai Yan Heinn was found dead in the office on April 16 with 15 stab wounds in his chest and abdomen.

A police statement said Aung Ko Ko and his wife, Daw Al Ni, and their son, had left Yangon on April 15 and travelled to Pyin Oo Lwin, where the suspect was arrested at his parent’s home four days later.

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The case had fuelled speculation that the murder was linked to reports Iron Rose had published about members of the former ruling junta and their business associates.

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