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UK court rules Koh Tao murder suspects cannot have British police report

On Tuesday a judge in the UK ruled that Wei Phyo and Zaw lin, the men who stand accused of the Koh Tao murders, should not be given access to the confidential British police report on the case.

The two migrant Burmese workers face the death penalty if they are found guilty of the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller last September in Koh Tao.

It was agreed that members of Britain’s Metropolitan Police would be sent to Thailand observe and record the Thai police investigation. The findings of that report have never been made public, although the information has been made available to the victim’s families who said in a statement that the “suspects have a difficult case to answer”

The defendants brought a legal challenge at the high court in London after the Metropolitan police refused to hand over their report saying they had agreed with the Royal Thai police that their findings would never be made public.

High court judge Mr. Justice Green rejected the men’s application after hearing arguments from Scotland Yard who say breaking the confidentiality agreement with the Thai authorities would damage international cooperation. He went on to say that there was nothing of “material assistance’ in the report for the men’s defense.

The accused continue to protest their innocence.

The trial continues in the Samui Provincial Court tomorrow (27th August)

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