BANGKOK — A Thai newspaper today published an apology for its coverage of the investigation into the murders of two British travelers in September on Koh Tao.
Khaosod newspaper apologized for two headlines suggesting the Warot Toovichian, the son of a village chief on Koh Tao, was responsible for the savage murders of British tourists David Miller and Hannah Witheridge on the island.
The newspaper also accused Warot, 22, of being the son of local “mafia” in two articles published on 24 and 25 Sept.
“We have verified facts and discovered that the aforementioned news items were inaccurate,” a statement published in today’s newspaper read.
In the statement published today, Khaosod said it was publicly apologizing as part of a settlement agreement with Warot, who filed a libel suit against the paper over its coverage.
It added the newspaper paid compensation of an undisclosed amount to Warot’s family.
Khaosod and Khaosod English are both owned by Matichon Group.
Miller and Witheridge were found dead on Haat Sai Ree beach on the island in the morning of 15 Sept., 2014. The two were bludgeoned to death and Witheridge was also raped, according to police.