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Human Rights Workers Concerned about the Police’s Non-Transparency Process of Arresting the Suspects of Two British Tourists Murder

The director of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) has expressed her concerns about the police’s non-transparency process of arresting the suspects of two British tourists murder and is afraid that the Myanmar workers the police have caught are just scapegoats because she had received information about the police arresting the suspects without charging them. She also said that the suspects had no legal representatives and translators, and the result of the DNA tests was suspicious, so she has contacted a legal team to follow the case. Reporters reported that yesterday (October 3, 2014), after the police revealed that the DNA results from three Myanmar workers whom the police just had caught matched with the sperm found on the body of the victim and cigarette butts found on the scene of murder.

CCFMs. Pornpen Khongkachonkie, The director of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), revealed with reporters from Thai PBS Online that she had received a complaint concerning the case about the police constantly trying to catch Myanmar workers in Koh Tao. She also revealed that the three Myanmar workers were playing rattan ball with other migrant workers on September, 27. There were nine of them, but the three Myanmar workers, who had no identification when the police showed up, heard their friends telling them to run, so they did. The police was followedthem, and eventually they got caught. Now they are the suspects of killing two British tourists.

“We have information that before this, there were so many DNA tests on Myanmar workers that it made everyone feel they weren’t safe. This is quite scary for those who work in the field of human rights. Our concerns are: 1) there was an arrest with any charges. 2) Was the request to do the DNA test accorded with the criminal justice? 3) During the arrest, did the police provide a translator or not. 4) Do the suspects have legal representatives? 5) The DNA test result was so suspiciously fast. Before this, the DNA test result of the foreign tourist took 3-4 days. Is this discrimination?”

The director of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) also said that now everyone is just more worried about the decrease in tourism than creating transparency justice system. The British Embassy and the legal representative of the victim are following the case closely. This might effect on the reliability of the justice system in Thailand.

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