Third suspect in Ko Ni case last seen at home in December, says ward official

CCTV footage confirms that Aung Win Khaing was at the airport on the day of the shooting. Photo: Ministry of Information

Yesterday, the President’s office announced that they were on the hunt for former Lieutenant Colonel Aung Win Khaing, who is the latest suspect in the assassination of NLD legal adviser Ko Ni.

Aung Win Khaing is a resident of Warso Quarter in Yangon’s Dawbon Township, although one official claims that he hasn’t seen the suspect in the neighborhood since December of last year.

“I saw him going out for a walk on December 25. They’ve only lived in this quarter for about three years. Construction on their current house just finished five or six months ago. His family lives there. He has two sons [a 13-year-old and an 18-year-old], a wife, and a maid,” Warso ward administrator Nyi Nyi Htwe said to Eleven. He added that the family had been renting out another house in the area.

According to Nyi Nyi Htwe, Aung Win Khaing has no prior criminal record. He also confirmed that police officials went to the house with him and confiscated three or four phones.

Aung Win Khaing is the brother of a second suspect, Aung Win Zaw, who was taken into custody days after the shooting. Aung Win Khaing is believed to have ordered the hit on Ko Ni, having offered the gunman Kyi Lin MMK 800 to 1,000 lakhs (US$58,000-$73,000) to do the job. CCTV footage shows Aung Win Khaing asking for flight arrival times at the airport on the day of the shooting.

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