Court or­ders re­mand of four sus­pects in mur­der case

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - TOE WAI AUNG toe­wa­iaung@mm­times.com

INSEIN town­ship court on Thurs­day re­manded in cus­tody four sus­pects in the shoot­ing of a man af­ter an ar­gu­ment over fenc­ing fees for a plot of land in Yan­gon Re­gion’s Hlaing Thar­yar town­ship, po­lice said.

The four sus­pects were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day a day af­ter they al­legedly shot to death Khin Maung Lwin af­ter an ar­gu­ment over a K33 mil­lion (US$20,684) pay­ment for fenc­ing a plot of land, ac­cord­ing to Hlaing Thar­yar po­lice.

The shoot­ing hap­pened on Tues­day morn­ing in Padan vil­lage in Hlaing Thar­yar. The sus­pects were iden­ti­fied as Saw Hla Mon, 39; Saw Tun Naing, 40; Phar Kyel, 31; and Saw Nyi Nyi Naing, 31.

“They drove to his house, went in­side and shot him,” said U Myat Thu, MP for Hlaing Thar­yar con­stituency 2.

Po­lice re­cov­ered a .45 cal­i­bre pis­tol, a bul­let, a Rem­ing­ton shot­gun and five shells from the sus­pects.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found that one of the sus­pects – Saw La Mon – was an eco­nomic of­fi­cer of the Karen Na­tional Union’s (KNU) Bri­gade 7, and the oth­ers were also mem­bers of the armed eth­nic group.

“There were prob­lems with the KNU here about fenc­ing land. We heard that the per­son who was killed was into trad­ing and cock­fight­ing,” a vil­lager said.

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