The President’s Office on Wednesday said a former military officer is suspected to have hired the killer of a prominent lawyer advising Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party, in a likely bid to destabilise the country.
As part of a recently launched crackdown on illegal narcotics in Arakan State, Burmese police seized over 4.6 million yaba pills in Maungdaw Township allegedly belonging to a monk, who has been accused of stashing the drugs in his monastery.
A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the high-profile assassination of Ko Ni, a top legal adviser for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Burma’s President’s Office announced Friday night.
Burma’s national police chief has taken personal charge of an investigation into the killing of a prominent lawyer and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party, police sources said, after leaks and conflicting comments by officers about its progress.
Ko Ni, the prominent Burmese Muslim lawyer assassinated in Rangoon, was being closely watched by intelligence agents, according to friends and colleagues, and had received past threats over his sensitive work as an adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party.
Shock, outpourings of grief and calls for justice have followed the apparent assassination of National League for Democracy legal adviser Ko Ni, who was gunned down on Sunday evening outside Rangoon International Airport.
An ethnic Tai-Leng, or “Red Shan,” schoolteacher was reportedly shot dead by unknown assailants on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the murder of a fellow Red Shan man in similar fashion, both in the Kachin State jade mining township of Hpakant.
Residents of the neighbourhood in Malaysia where five Burmese migrant workers were killed by armed assailants last week told a local daily that the violence was uncharacteristic in a community made up of many foreign workers simply looking to earn a living.
The man suspected of battering international school teacher Gary Ferguson to death last month remains a free man as Burmese authorities bungle the paperwork necessary to solicit international assistance on the case.
A man in the Rohingya village of Duchira Dan in Maungdaw township, Arakan State, was shot dead on Monday after he reportedly swung a knife at police officers conducting an inspection in search of illicit narcotics.