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Today Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo (Win) arrived in Koh Samui Provincial court where the prosecutor request for their sixth term of detention was approved, brining their total number of days in jail to sixty. Under Thai law the men can be detained for up to eight four days before trial.
The two men stand accused of the brutal murders of Hannah Witheridige and David Miller in Koh Tao in September. Both men initially confessed to the murders, but later retracted their confessions in front of lawyers saying they were tortured into confessing.
The public prosecutor, how has now accepted the case after rejecting it several times, said the delay was due to the extensive amount of evidence and many witnesses that were to be called. He told the judge that the prosecution would like to start the trial as soon as possible as some of the witnesses were keen to return home to their own countries. It is expected that the trial could start as early as Wednesday afternoon Thursday
The accused men have previously asked the parents of the victims to help them achieve justice and today appealed for any witnesses to come forward and identify themselves to the defense team.