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The Scotland Yard police have returned back to the UK after spending several weeks in Thailand, they say they have investigated the murders of the two British backpackers ‘as far as possible’. While in Thailand the team worked with local Koh Tao police following an agreement between David Cameron and the military ruler General Prayuth Chan-ocha.
A spokesperson from the Metropolitan police said that once in the UK the police will compile their report and update the families of the victims on their findings. He went on to say that the police team wish to thank the Thai authorities for facilitating the visit.
Migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun from Myanmar have been charged with the killings and are currently being detained in the Koh Samui provincial jail. The pair initially admitted to the crime but later recanted their confessions telling their lawyers and their parents that they were tortured into making a confession. The UK police concerns with regards to the case have been reported to have been around the verification of the DNA samples of the suspects and the allegations of mistreatment.
The Migrant Workers Rights Network have been visiting the pair in jail as humanitarians to keep an eye on the physical and mental health of the two men as well as to monitor their situation and address any arising concerns. The accused have not raised any concerns while in the jail, their shackles have been removed and they have reported that they are in good health. The MWRN have been ensuring that the men have credit in order to purchase essential supplies and have set up a Youcaring website for those who wish to make donations. The MWRN thank the Koh Samui prison staff and Corrections Department in Bangkok for their cooperation with their humanitarian visits.
Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun got a message out from the prison recently to say that they hope to soon live with freedom and that they both love their parents. The pair will now be detained until November the 20th.