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The father of Win Zaw Htun, the Myanmar national accused of killing two British backpackers in Koh Tao, has insisted that his son is innocent, he told reporters for Myanmar Eleven Media “My son is not an aggressive person and has good morals”. He went on to say that he would never commit such a violent act and said that he felt his overall size compared to that of the victim would make such an attack impossible.
Hoo Chit, the chairman of the Foundation for Education and Development in Myanmar said that the NGO’s want to help the accused and the families of the accused because they believe in their innocence. “After visiting Thailand to look into this case, we can tell you clearly that the young men are not the killers. We can say that they are not guilty as accused” he said.
The parents of the Myanmar suspects are now waiting for visas to be issued by the Thai Embassy in Myanmar in order to visit Thailand to meet their sons. U Tin Htoo Aung the chairman of Rakhine National Network told Mizzima that the parents received their passports on the morning of the 16th of October but discussions were still being made with the Thai officials to issue visas for them.
U Zaw Aye Maung, Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs said: “I hope they would get visas soon. It is not a difficult process.”
Official sources said that the travel plans and security of the family members will be handled by the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok when they arrive in the kingdom.
Rights groups have raised concerns over the handling of the case and called an independent investigation into the murders.