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At 9am on Thursday 30th April 2015, Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, the Koh Tao murder case accused, will appear at Koh Samui court accompanied by their lawyers for a case hearing. The court recently appointed both prosecution and defense lawyers to attend this hearing to explain progress regarding preparation of case witnesses. The court will also at this hearing consider two important recent requests by the accused’s defense team that: (1) several items of the prosecution’s physical evidence are sent to the Ministry of Justice’s Central Institute of Forensic Science for re-examination; and (2) the Royal Thai Police provide additional information to the court and defence concerning details of analysis of case DNA evidence. The lawyers for the case accused recently submitted these two requests to the Koh Samui Court. However, judges have yet to issue an order and instead have requested during this hearing to question in detail the accused’s lawyers on these issues prior to deciding whether to approve or deny the requests. The court appointment for this case hearing on 30th April 2015 has likely been called because the judges who will consider this case, scheduled to begin on 8th July 2015, want to ensure the case hearings are managed in a correct manner with speed, efficiency and fairness in line with societal expectations for a fair trial that is also internationally accepted.
For further information, please contact:
1. Mr. Nakhon Chompuchat: Koh Tao Case Defense Team Lawyer (firstname.lastname@example.org and +66(0)818 473086)
2. Mr. Andy Hall: International Affairs Advisor to the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN) (email@example.com and +66(0)846 119209)