Murder of a Muslim Lawyer in Myanmar

Murder of a Muslim Lawyer in Myanmar

Two people have been sentenced to death by a Myanmar court for the murder of a Muslim lawyer and Aung San Suu Kyi advisor, after a drawn-out trial backlit by allegations of impunity with a main suspect still at large.

Ko Ni, whose work and faith made him a target of hate speech online by Buddhist nationalists, was shot in the head at point blank range outside Yangon airport in January 2017, while holding his infant grandson.

The brazen daytime murder shocked the country and came about eight months after civilian leader Suu Kyi's administration entered office.

The court sentenced gunman Kyi Lin, who also shot and killed a taxi driver while fleeing, to death.

Accomplice Aung Win Zaw, who was at the airport, was also sentenced to death.

Two other defendants received five years and three years imprisonment.