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Migrant rights group say four Burmese wrongfully accused of murder in Ranong

After the arrest of four Burmese migrant workers last month Htoo Chit, the Director of the Foundation for Education Development and member of the Burmese Embassy-led Protecting Committee for Burmese Migrants Staying in Thailand has said that the police do not have enough evidence to bring the case to court.

Burmese accused of murderWai Lin, Moe Zin Aung, Kyaw Soe Win and Sein Kadone were all arrested in connection with the stabbing of a 19 year old Thai woman in Rangong on September the 28th. The four standing accused of the murder all work in the Thai fisheries industry. Their employer says that all four of the men were at work during the time of the murder and has provided CCTV footage to the law enforcement authorities as additional evidence in the case.

Htoo Chit said that his team has decided to represent the four migrant workers because they have been “wrongfully accused”. He also believes that the four men were forced to take part in a crime scene re-enactment against their will and that the men are in no way linked to the brutal murder.

As well as his grave concern for the four standing accused of this crime Htoo Chit and his organization have been involved with the case against Zaw Lin and Wei Phyo who were accused of murdering backpackers David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in Koh Tao last September. The two were incarcerated last October and remain in the Koh Samui Provincial Prison, a verdict is expected to be announced on December 24th. Both men continue to protest their innocence and maintain they had no desire or motivation to commit such a crime in Thailand or anywhere else for that matter. Neither of the accused has any previous criminal history and say they were working in Thailand to provide money for their families.

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