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State prosecutor orders police to question more before indicting the murder suspects in court

The state prosecutor today ordered the police to look into several unclear issues related to the murder of two British tourists in Koh Tao island before the two murder suspects could be prosecuted in court.

Meanwhile the commissioner of the Royal Thai Police said the police are willing to allow British and Myanmar officials to observe the inquiry of the case by Thai police.

Pol Gen Somyos Phumphanmuang, the commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, assured that he was ready to allow British and Myanmar experts to observe in the probe of the murder in Koh Tao as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged with the British Premier David Cameron during a recent meeting in Milan.

But he said that the observation would be within the framework of the Thai laws.

At the same time, the state prosecutor of the Eight Prosecution Region, Mr Thawatchai Siengjiew, disclosed that the working group of prosecutors have ordered the police to probe into more issues and to question more witnesses and find more circumstantial evidence before the state prosecutor could prosecute them in the court.

He said that case needed to have substantial evidence as it is closely watched by people around the world.

Human Rights Office officials said they received complaints that the two Myanmar suspects were beaten by the police during the interrogation.

They said from the interview with the suspects also confirmed they were beaten.

However a cross check of the suspects’ claim with Koh Pha-ngan police chief Pol Col Prachum Ruangthong showed there was no beating as claimed by the suspect. The officer confirmed no beating or torture.

Thai PBS

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