BREAKING: Death sentence for Myanmar migrant workers over British backpacker murders
By Coconuts Bangkok December 24, 2015 / 11:16 ICT
A Thai court sentenced two migrant workers from Myanmar to death on Thursday after finding them guilty of the 2014 murders of two British tourists on a holiday island.
Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun will appeal the verdict, BBC Thai reported.
Migrant rights activist Andy Hall Tweeted from the court: “Defense team respects court decision but moves to appeal verdict. Defense position is prosecution didn’t prove beyond doubt the main charges.”
The verdict follows an investigation and trial that was mired in controversy, including allegations of police incompetence, mishandling of evidence and torture of the suspects.
Backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao in September 2014.
Following weeks of pressure to solve the case, police arrested Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun and said the two had confessed to the crimes. Both later retracted their confessions saying they had been made under duress.
Story: Reuters/ Coconuts Bangkok