20 Dec Koh Tao murder suspects’ defence team gets parliamentary support

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Lawyer U Aung Myo Thant talks at the press conference to discuss the Koh Tao case at the Orchid Hotel in Yangon on December 18, 2014. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima
Lawyer U Aung Myo Thant talks at the press conference to discuss the Koh Tao case at the Orchid Hotel in Yangon on December 18, 2014. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima

Members of Myanmar’s Upper House of parliament has made a pledge to ensure the safety and security of Myanmar migrant workers on Thailand’s Koh Tao if they come forward as witnesses in the case of the murders of two British tourists, according to the Myanmar embassy’s special team helping with the defence.

Lawyer U Aung Myo Thant told Mizzima on December 19 that the Upper House has made the pledge and plans to send law experts to Thailand to help the case of the two Myanmar men accused of the murders.

He was speaking in Yangon after meeting with Upper House officials.

The Myanmar special team earlier made a call for two foreign witnesses to come forward to help with the case.

U Aung Myo said that in addition, three MPs earlier pledged to give the Myanmar special team K30 million to help the two Myanmar suspects, but the team has received just K15 million so far, he said.

Therefore, the MPs will give the remaining K15 million to the team when they go back to Thailand, he said.

U Aung Myo stressed the importance of the Myanmar witnesses and that members of Myanmar’s Upper House has said they will be protected.

“They will help to ensure the security of the ‘precious witnesses’ and they promised to send the law experts to help,” he said.

Myanmar suspects Ko Zaw Lin Oo and Ko Win Zaw Htun [aka Ko Wai Phyo], both 21, face seven charges including murder and rape in connection with the murders of British tourists Ms Hannah Witheridge and Mr David Millar on Thailand’s Koh Tao island on September 15. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Last modified on Saturday, 20 December 2014 16:04