Court Accepts CCTV Footage in U Ko Ni Murder Trial

By Tin Htet Paing 25 August 2017

YANGON — Yangon’s Northern District Court on Friday accepted CCTV footage as “electronic evidence” in the trial for the murder of the National League for Democracy legal adviser U Ko Ni.

The prominent Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni was shot by gunman Kyi Lin outside Yangon International Airport on the afternoon of Jan. 29. Police have detained four suspects: gunman Kyi Lin, and alleged co-conspirators Zeya Phyo, Aung Win Zaw and Aung Win Tun.

An additional man, Aung Win Khaing, is suspected of being the primary conspirator in the murder but remains at large. According to a police statement, he is the brother of the two detained suspects Aung Win Zaw and Aung Win Tun, and was last seen in Naypyitaw.

The CCTV footage captured the assault and the movements of alleged co-conspirator Aung Win Zaw and gunman Kyi Lin at the airport. A total of 73 photos, along with the footage captured by 196 security cameras, was presented by the airport CCTV control room supervisor U Zaw Zaw Lwin.

The three judges checked the footage during the court hearing in front of the lawyers, trial attendees, and observers on Friday. A total of five witnesses, including police officers, testified.

“The CCTV footage showed how conspirators collaborated with each other at the airport on that day,” lawyer U Nay La, who represents U Ko Ni’s family, told the media after the court hearing adjourned on Friday at Insein Township’s Northern District Court.

The case is becoming clearer, he added.

The CCTV control room supervisor U Zaw Zaw Lwin will testify at the next court hearing on September 1.

Shooter Kyi Lin and the three alleged co-perpetrators are being charged under Article 302 of Myanmar’s Penal Code for murder.

Zeya Phyo, a former military intelligence officer, is also charged under Article 67 of the Telecommunications Law for the possession of restricted telecommunications equipment and Article 468 of the Penal Code for the forgery of national identity cards.

Two of the suspects—Kyi Lin and Aung Win Zaw—are also being charged under Article 19(d) and (f) of the country’s 1878 Arms Act for possession and transportation of illegal arms, in addition to the murder charge.