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Yesterday the public prosecutor returned the 850 page investigation into the murder of two British Tourists last month in Koh Tao, to the officers that had produced it and asked them to “fix certain flaws” before re submitting it, it has been reported that he gave them no time frame in which to resubmit the documents.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) have met with Saw and Win, the two suspects in the case, it has been reported that the comission said that the two men bore wounds as a result of what they claimed was “the police not treating them properly”.
This morning a report in the Nation said“Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday called on the Thai public and media not to specifically mention the nationality of the suspects, and suggested that they be referred to instead as “migrant workers”, after news reports in global media specified the suspects as the nationals of a neighbouring country all along. “I need to ask the Thai media for cooperation on this,” he added.”
In Koh Tao the Myanmar Embassy and the NHRC have been interviewing migrant workers and collecting information, they say the feeling a among the migrant workers on Koh Tao is that the suspects are not the real killers, however the NHRC told reporters that the suspects told NHRC member Parinya Sirisarakam that they did commit the crimes, leading workers to believe that there is some motive behind them pleading guilty.
In the meantime Amnesty International hascalled for an independent investigation into the allegations of ill treatment by police during the murder investigation.
On Tuesday a London based rights group called on Thai authorities to ‘ensure an independent and thorough investigation into mounting allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by the police, and respect the right to a fair trial”. “The pressure to be seen to be solving an appalling crime that has garnered considerable attention should not result in the violation of rights, including to a fair trial,” Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Programme director, said. “All suspects should also be guaranteed their rights to a fair trial—which is of particular importance in a crime that could carry a death sentence.”
At a press conference in Bangkok on Tuesday, Thai police strongly denied accusations of torture or ill-treatment. “I confirm that there was no abuse of any of the suspects,” lead investigator Maj Gen Suwat Chaengyodsook was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.
A Burmese legal team has been sent to assist the accused, they said that migrant workers on Koh tao were afraid to meet openly and talk about the case. The team also met with migrant workers Muang, the third man that was arrested along with Win and Saw, the police claimed was being held as a witness, however, the Director of the Myanmar Association in Thailand, Kyaw Thaung, who is also a member of the legal team, told The Irrawaddy publication that Maung Maung didn’t witness the murder as he had left his two friends, the accused, at around 1 am on Sept. 15 to go to bed.
“He said his friend [Win Zaw Htun] came back to his residence [on the morning of Sept. 15] and went to bed as usual,” said Kyaw Thaung. “He said his friends are not violent characters and doesn’t believe that they are the killers.”
In the UK the distressed parents of Hannah Witheridge have ‘begged’ for horrific photographs of her corpse to be removed from the internet and said they are going through “indescribable agony’ in a press statement they said “Time makes the pain of this horrendous tragedy no easier to bear, the past three weeks have been unimaginably difficult, and there are no words that can adequately describe the heartache and despair that our family is experiencing. As we continue with our plans for our beautiful Hannah’s ‘party’ our thoughts are with David Miller’s family who are suffering the same indescribable agony. Our family have been further traumatized by reports that there are numerous unnecessary and senseless photographs circulating across the internet, we beg that Hannah and David are afforded the privacy and dignity through the removal of these pointless and insensitive reminders. Hannah was a fun, vibrant and beautiful young woman who will be sorely missed by all who knew her” the statement finished with “As a family we hope that the right people are found and brought to justice.” The funeral for Hannah will take place at St Mary’s Church in Hemsby Norfolk and will be followed by a private burial. David’s funeral took place in Jersey last week.