February 17, 2017
Police are seeking an army official as a suspect in the assassination of U Ko Ni last month, according to a statement from the President’s Office on Wednesday evening.
Aung Win Khine of Dawbon Township in Yangon, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who ended service with the Tatmadaw in 2014. His elder brother Aung Zaw Win was earlier arrested a day after Ko Ni’s murder.
CCTV footage that accompanied the statement appeared to show the suspect present near the murder scene. The statement also said Aung Win Khine asked his brother to find someone to carry out the murder in July 2016, promising 10 million kyats as an advance payment and a further 100 million after the killing. The murder weapon was allegedly supplied from Thailand.
The presidential statement has not been confirmed by other sources.
It is widely believed Ko Ni was killed with blessings of the country’s powerful armed forces who were unfavourable towards his reconciliation plans with the Rohingya community.