Ko Ni death: Thousands mourn shot Myanmar lawyer

    Ko Ni death: Thousands mourn shot Myanmar lawyer

    Jan.30, Yangon: Thousands of people have attended the funeral of a leading lawyer shot dead in Myanmar's commercial capital, Yangon, on Sunday.

    Ko Ni, who was an adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party, was shot in the head at Yangon airport.

    A suspect has been detained but there are no details on the motive.

    Ko Ni, who the NLD described as "irreplaceable", was a rare prominent Muslim in a Buddhist-majority nation.

    It is not clear whether his religion was a factor in his death. The well-respected constitutional lawyer had spoken up in defence of rights for Muslims and had also criticised the military's grip on power.

    Political killings are extremely rare in Myanmar, also called Burma. A taxi driver who tried to stop the gunman escaping was also shot dead.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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