11 Nov Thai police get more time to ‘fix flaws’ in Koh Tao murders case

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The Thai prosecutor's office has given the Thai police more time to prepare their case in murders of two British tourists on Koh Tao. The two Myanmar suspects escorted by police officers as they leave Koh Samui Provincial Court in Surat Thani province, Thailand, October 14, 2014. Photo: Sitthipong Chareonjai/EPA The Thai prosecutor's office has given the Thai police more time to prepare their case in murders of two British tourists on Koh Tao. The two Myanmar suspects escorted by police officers as they leave Koh Samui Provincial Court in Surat Thani province, Thailand, October 14, 2014. Photo: Sitthipong Chareonjai/EPA

The Thai prosecutor’s office has given the Thai police a time extension to fix flaws in their report on the Koh Tao murder case, in which two Myanmar workers have been accused of murdering two British tourists, according to U Aung Myo Thant, lawyer with the Myanmar Embassy’s special team.

He said that Thai police could not collect enough evidence by the previous deadline of November 8, set by the prosecutor’s office, and that is why they granted the extension to November 28.

“The Thai police have encountered severe difficulties because they have no eyewitnesses. When the prosecutor’s office allows the case go to court, it will be heard. And then, if there is not enough evidence at that time, [the two Myanmar workers] may be acquitted,” said lawyer U Aung Myo Thant.

The Myanmar Embassy’s special team and the Lawyers Council of Thailand are gathering facts about the two Myanmar workers by asking their roommates in order to offer a defence against the Thai police’s accusations, which lack eyewitness testimony.  

Lawyer Aung Myo Thant has said that as soon as the court accepts the case, they will try to apply for bail for the two accused. Moreover, they will make arrangements for the parents of the two men to visit Thailand again during the trial.

According to lawyer U Aung Myo Thant, the Upper House Speaker and two MPs have donated K30 million to be spent to support the defence case, but the Myanmar Embassy’s special team has not received the money yet.

Suspects Ko Zaw Lin Oo and Ko Win Zaw Htun, both 21, were arrested by Thai police on October 3. They have been accused of the murders of British tourists Ms Hannah Witheridge, 23, and Mr David Miller, 24, on the Thai island of Koh Tao on September 15. They are charged with conspiracy to murder and rape, plus robbery, and could face the death penalty if found guilty.