YANGON: Myanmar's national police chief has taken personal charge of an investigation into the killing of a prominent lawyer and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling party, after leaks and conflicting comments by officers about its progress.
The killing of Muslim advocate Ko Ni, 63 -- shot in the head on Sunday in front of onlookers while he held his grandson outside Yangon's international airport -- has rocked the commercial capital, where acts of political violence are rare.
It comes amid heightened religious and communal tensions in the Buddhist-majority country, with a report from the United Nations human rights office on Friday saying that a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the northwest in recent months "very likely" amounted to crimes against humanity.
Tens of thousands turned out for Ko Ni's funeral, and the public is closely watching how authorities investigate a killing the civilian president's office has called an attempt to destabilise the state.
Colleagues have told Reuters that Ko Ni was working on amendments to Myanmar's military drafted constitution to help the National League for Democracy-led government rule effectively in a system that keeps soldiers in control of key ministries.
Maj Gen Zaw Win, chief of the Myanmar Police Force, arrived in Yangon from the capital, Nay Pyi Daw, on Thursday to oversee the investigation, which is being led by the police's criminal investigation department, two police officials told Reuters.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the military's domestic intelligence agency was also involved in the probe.