Thai Beach Murder Suspects Ask Suu Kyi For Help

The two suspects in a prisoner's van outside Koh Samui court, 8 Dec 2014.

YANGON (DPA) — The two suspects in the murder of two British tourists in Thailand have asked fellow Myanmar national Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to help their case, activists said Thursday.

"They want Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to help them for their justice as she is an international icon and also an influential person in Thailand," said Sein Htay, director of Bangkok-based Migrant Workers Network.

"They are seeking help from all sectors as they said they did nothing wrong in the case," he said.

Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, both 21, were arrested in October and confessed to the crimes, but later withdrew their statements saying they were tortured.

The badly beaten bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found on September 15 on a beach on Koh Tao, 350 kilometres south of Bangkok.

British and Myanmar envoys have raised concerns about the Thai investigation, with Britain sending a police team as observers.

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has also expressed concern about the alleged forced confessions. Thai police have denied the accusations of torture or misconduct.

The victims' families said last week the evidence against the Myanmar suspects is convincing, after British detectives sent to Thailand reviewed the police findings.

 

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