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Myanmar police blame grudge, not army, for lawyer's murder

  • Myanmar Deputy Home Affairs Minister Gen. Kyaw Swe talks to journalists during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Saturday, Feb.25, 2017. Police and Home Ministry officials said at a news conference Saturday that they have arrested three men for the Jan. 29 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni and are seeking a fourth. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

    Myanmar Deputy Home Affairs Minister Gen. Kyaw Swe talks to journalists during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Saturday, Feb.25, 2017. Police and Home Ministry officials said at a news conference Saturday that they have arrested three men for the Jan. 29 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni and are seeking a fourth. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar Police Chief Officer Zaw Win talks to journalists during a press conference Saturday, Feb.25, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Police and Home Ministry officials said at a news conference Saturday that they have arrested three men for the Jan. 29 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni and are seeking a fourth. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

    Myanmar Police Chief Officer Zaw Win talks to journalists during a press conference Saturday, Feb.25, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Police and Home Ministry officials said at a news conference Saturday that they have arrested three men for the Jan. 29 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni and are seeking a fourth. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Myanmar police officer looks at photos and records of assassination of Ko Ni, prominent legal adviser to the government, displayed during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Police and Home Ministry officials said at a news conference Saturday that they have arrested three men for the Jan. 29 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni and are seeking a fourth. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

    A Myanmar police officer looks at photos and records of assassination of Ko Ni, prominent legal adviser to the government, displayed during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Police and Home Ministry officials said at a news conference Saturday that they have arrested three men for the Jan. 29 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni and are seeking a fourth. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)  (The Associated Press)

Senior Myanmar security officials say the assassination of a prominent legal adviser to the government was the result of a personal political grudge and not part of a bigger conspiracy by the military.

Police and Home Ministry officials said at a news conference Saturday that they have arrested three men for the Jan. 29 shooting of lawyer Ko Ni and are seeking a fourth.

Ko Ni had advised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on constitutional law, including how to wrest power from the army and put it in the hands of her elected civilian government. His actions raised suspicion of military involvement in his killing.

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Gen. Kyaw Swe said the killing was the work of four individuals acting from personal motives, including extreme nationalism.