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Key witnesses in the Koh Tao murder case afraid to come forward says defendants lawyers

The lawyer defending the two Myanmar migrants accused of the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Koh Tao has told the press that witnesses are too afraid to come forward and this is hampering his client’s defense

According to a report in the AFP one of the two men’s lawyers said that this clients vulnerable immigration status means that witnesses are scared of testifying or willing to come to their defense “This case is not fair… they were migrant workers so witnesses do not dare to testify (for the defense)” Nakhon Chomphuchat, the head of the Thai legal team told the AFP according to their report. It went on “We have many disadvantages..we still have not seen the prosecutors evidence, we just have fight as best we can.”

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, both migrant workers aged 21, were formally indicted for trail on Thursday, however they were not present in court. It was expected that the pair would be formally indicted in the court in the afternoon, however it occurred in the morning.

The father of Win Zaw Tun continues to protest his innocence and believes his son has been made a scapegoat, he told the AFP “I want the Thai government to capture the real criminal. Knowing my son is in jail makes me suffer terribly. If I could swap with him I would,” he added.

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