17 Nov Post-mortem results on Ko Par Gyi’s body expected soon

Written by Min Hein Htet Published in Myanmar Read 1989 times
Family, friends and supporters pay their respects as Ko Aung Kyaw Naing aka Ko Par Gyi is buried at Yayway Cemetery on November 7, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima Family, friends and supporters pay their respects as Ko Aung Kyaw Naing aka Ko Par Gyi is buried at Yayway Cemetery on November 7, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

The results of the post-mortem examination on freelance journalist Ko Aung Kyaw Naing aka Ko Par Gyi’s body will be announced within a few days, U Sit Myaing, vice chairman of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission told Mizzima on November 16.

Journalist Ko Par Gyi died in suspicious circumstances in Myanmar army custody in October.

The Health Ministry has handed over the results of the post-mortem examination to the commission, which asked the ministry to conduct the post-mortem examination. The commission will announce the official results within a few days.

“The results of the post-mortem examination say that five gunshot wounds were found on the body of Ko Par Gyi. We will announce the details within one or two days,” said the commission’s vice chairman U Sit Myaing.

After the Mawlamyine Hospital conducted the post-mortem examination on Ko Par Gyi’s exhumed body, forensic doctors said on November 6 that a total of five gunshot wounds were discovered on the body; a wound on his chin; two in his back and chest; and two in his thigh. But they did not provide details about their findings.

Ko Par Gyi’s wife Ma Thandar has already told Mizzima that when the autopsy report is released, she may sue the army for Ko Par Gyi’s death.

A case on Ko Par Gyi’s death has been opened at the Kyaikmayaw Township police station in Mawlamyine, Mon State.

The Kyaikmayaw police major testified that the township Immigration Department has said that Ko Par Gyi’s national ID card might be a counterfeit card, according to U Sit Myaing.

U Sit Myaing said, “His photo (on the national ID card) does not have the embedded seal. And his national ID card number is same as that of a girl.”

On October 30, the President’s Office announced that it had ordered the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission to investigate the case of Ko Par Gyi and to submit a report to the President’s Office as soon as possible.

In the first phase of the investigation, the commission asked questions of more than 30 people including the forensic doctors who conducted the post-mortem examination, police officers, residents and the relevant military personnel including the Lance Corporal who allegedly shot Ko Par Gyi.

In the second phase of the investigation, the commission asked questions of more than 20 people including military tribunal officers in Mawlamyine, the township police officers and three reporters.

According to statements issued by the army on October 23 and October 31, Ko Par Gyi was a member of a wing of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army or DKBA. He was arrested by soldiers and was shot trying to escape, the reports say.

Ko Par Gyi’s body, which initially was buried near the Shwewachaung Village, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mawlamyine, Mon State was exhumed on November 5, and then was subject to a post-mortem examination by the Mawlamyine Hospital. On November 7, the body was brought from Mawlamyine to Yangon and was buried at Yayway Cemetery on the same day.

Last modified on Monday, 17 November 2014 17:56