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Lawyers Council to defend for two Myanmar suspects in Koh Tao case

The Lawyers Council of Thailand will call a meeting on Friday to discuss a plan to set up a 12-committee and a panel of eight advisors for the defence of two Myanmar suspects in Koh Tao murder case.

Council chairman Mr Dej-udom Krairith said today that the council had agreed to accept Myanmar government’s request for the council to defend for the two suspects charged by the Thai police for the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao in mid-September.

He said that the Myanmar government and the parents of the two suspects believe that the suspects are innocent and want the council to defend for them in the court.

Parents of the two suspects and the Myanmar ambassador to Thailand Mr Win Muang called on Mr Dej-udom today at the office of the Lawyers Council of Thailand to seek legal counseling.

Mr Dej-udom declined to offer a direct answer when asked by reporters about the police report that DNA tests showed that the DNA samples taken from the two suspects matched with those found in the body of Ms Hannah Witheridge, one of the two victims. He said he had to study the police case file first.

He insisted that the council would be fair to all parties concerned and was ready to help all those who need help without racial discrimination and at no costs.

Meanwhile, Mr Woraphan Toochinda, a village headman and owner of AC Bar on Koh Tao, has offered to bring his son for DNA tests as it was widely suspected that his son had a quarrel with one of the two victims before the murder.

Thia PBS

In the meantime according to a report in Coconuts the son of a village headman who has remained under a cloud of suspicion since the murders of two tourists on Koh Tao last month will finally submit a DNA sample for testing.

Weeks after the investigation pointed the finger of suspicion at the island’s “influential figures” before pivoting back to “Burmese migrant laborers,” Woraphan Tuwichian said his son Warot “Nomsod” Tuwichian would present a sample to clear his name at the invitation of the national police chief.

“I want to ask who will responsible for the reports on social media that accused my son and my family and brought disgrace upon our family?” Woraphan said in the Bangkok Post. “When the case ends, I’ll let it be the police’s duty to take legal action against them.”

Woraphan was referring to sites such as CSILA, where keyboard detectives have pored over photographs and inconsistencies from police statements to piece together their own provocative conclusions.

Coconuts

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