Five People Were Arrested in Myanmar For Assassination

Five people were arrested in Yangon’s Botahtaung Township recently near the site of the assassination of former Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) MP Nay Myo Aung.

Local residents say all five live near Botahtaung Pagoda, where Nay Myo Aung was killed by two men on motorcycles on June 10, 2021.

Win Htay and Hla Htay are said to be employees of the Myanma Port Authority’s civil engineering department. Three others were identified as Soe Thaung, Htein Lin, and Kyaw San Win.

The men’s relatives say they have not heard from them since they were taken into custody.

According to a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) living in Botataung Township, none of the five detainees are affiliated with the NLD.

In regard to the death of Nay Myo Aung, some USDP members were pointing fingers at the assailants, he said.

Nay Myo Aung was elected to the Yangon Region parliament in 2010 as the representative for Seikkan Township’s constituency 2, but he lost his seat five years later when the NLD took power in Myanmar.

He ran again in 2018 and defeated his NLD rival by around 150 votes. Ultimately, the result was overturned because of alleged electoral fraud, allowing the NLD candidate, who received the second-most votes, to claim the seat.

USDP spokesperson Thein Tun Oo said after his murder that the party was responding according to the law.

USDP members are accused of serving as informants for the regime that seized power on February 1. In the wake of murderous crackdowns on protesters, several party members have been targeted by guerilla groups.

A fatal drive-by shooting in May 2021 resulted in the death of the USDP township chair in Bilin, Mon State, who was walking with his wife to their rambutan plantation when he was shot in the head by two gunmen.

A USDP member and former local administrator in Mohnyin, Kachin State, was assassinated before dawn on June 1, 2021.

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