Thai Court Sentences Two Burmese Men To Death For Murder Of Two British Tourists

14405659021440566146l Zaw Lin, left, and Wai Phyo, right, in a file photo courtesy Migrant Worker Rights Network.

Two Burmese men , Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo have been found guilty over the murder of  two British tourists Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, and David Miller, 24, from Jersey.

Following a highly publicised trial, Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo have been sentenced to death over the murder of the two British packers on holiday on the southern Thai island of Koh.

The bodies of the two British packers were found on a beach  on 15 September 2014.

 Controversy in the trial  arose after the two accused  withdrew their original confessions over the murders arguing  that the Thai  police had forced convictions from them through torture.

Three judges in a  Thai court in Koh Samui, ordered that the two accused should face the death penalty after finding them guilty, whilst prosecutors in Thai, feel that there has been a miscarriage of justice, due to inconsistencies in the case because  DNA  did not match samples taken from the men.

The prosecutors say that Thai police mishandled the accused men’s  confessions and this was typical of the  “systematic abuse” of migrants in the area. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

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