Le­gal ad­viser for Myan­mar’s rul­ing party shot dead

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YANGON: A le­gal ad­viser for Myan­mar’s rul­ing Na­tional League for Democ­racy was shot dead out­side the coun­try’s busiest air­port yesterday af­ter re­turn­ing from a gov­ern­ment-led trip to In­done­sia.

An uniden­ti­fied lone gun­man killed the vet­eran lawyer, Ko Ni, and in­jured two oth­ers in front of the main ter­mi­nal of Yangon In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 5pm, ac­cord­ing to San Naing, Ko Ni’s as­sis­tant.

“They shot my boss. He is dead. I am be­side his body and there’s blood on the floor,” San Naing said.

Images posted on so­cial me­dia ap­peared to show a pool of blood around the slain lawyer’s head.

Po­lice have de­tained a sus­pect, but the mo­tive was un­known so far. Ko Ni was a prom­i­nent mem­ber of Myan­mar’s Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

The shoot­ing comes amid height­ened com­mu­nal ten­sions in Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity Myan­mar, where leader Aung San Suu Kyi is un­der pres­sure over a se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion in an area of the coun­try’s north­west that is pop­u­lated mostly by Mus­lims.

A po­lice of­fi­cial in the capital, Naypyi­daw, said a Myan­mar cit­i­zen from the cen­tral Myan­mar city of Man­dalay had been ar­rested.

Ko Ni, a con­sti­tu­tional law ex­pert who ad­vises the party, led by No­bel lau­re­ate Suu Kyi, had joined a del­e­ga­tion to Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity In­done­sia – billed as an op­por­tu­nity to share ex­pe­ri­ences of on na­tional reconciliation. The group in­cluded Myan­mar Mus­lim lead­ers, some from the mostly state­less Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity.

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