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Koh Tao murder pair lose appeal

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence handed down to two Myanmar migrants for the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao in 2014.

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Wednesday 1 March 2017, 05:22PM

Zaw Lin (left) and Win Zaw Htun seen at the prison in Koh Samui district, Surat Thani province, on Oct 4, 2014. Photo: Supapong Chaolan
Zaw Lin (left) and Win Zaw Htun seen at the prison in Koh Samui district, Surat Thani province, on Oct 4, 2014. Photo: Supapong Chaolan

The Appeal Court rejected the case presented by lawyers representing Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, who used the mishandling of evidence by police, including images and documents, to argue for a reversal of the judgement.

The Criminal Court convicted and sentenced them to death on Dec 24, 2015.

The process leading to the indictment of the two migrants had been completed, according to the Appeal Court ruling read out in Koh Samui court on Wednesday.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun were not present for the hearing. They are serving their sentence in Bang Kwang Prison in Nonthaburi. Theerawut Prammahant, the deputy prosecutor for Koh Samui, heard the ruling on their behalf.

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The two were sentenced for the murder of backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on the island in Surat Thani province on Sept 15, 2014.

Witheridge, 23, was raped and bludgeoned to death and Miller, 24, died from blows to his head.

The two Myanmar migrants denied the charges.

The case sparked controversy as their lawyers, human rights activist and family members claimed they were scapegoats, pointing to alleged mishandling of evidence, but police insisted they had arrested the right people.



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Jor12 | 10 March 2017 - 20:48:30

Eagle... I know, both he and Kurt use the same crystal ball.

Rorii...there is one Judge in the Court of first Instance; 3 in the Court of Appeal...and one in the Supreme Court. Next you'll be telling us that the judge in the first instance will be hearing the Supreme Court appeal. 

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Eagle | 02 March 2017 - 19:21:05

Rorii,where did you get the information that it were the same judges?

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Rorii | 02 March 2017 - 17:27:42

Jor12, you do realise that the "Court of Appeal" was run under the same judges as those that originally sentence the two guys.
"Unprofessional"... YES
"Conflict of Interest"... YES
A change of original sentence could not happen, too much loss of face, though many could argue there is no longer any "face" to lose, and that goes all the way to the PM, who announced he was happy with the "trial."
Wrong... Oh yes.

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Jor12 | 02 March 2017 - 16:49:27

Kurt...try reading the article you fool.  It states the Court of Appeal has considered the evidence and dismissed the appeal, therefore - as usual - your assertion of unprofessionalism by Police is wrong. It's also hard to work out how you consider the "whole affair is very unsatisfactory", when you basically haven't got clue about anything.

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Kurt | 02 March 2017 - 11:14:15

A lot, in fact, to much wishy washy from the beginning until now.
Still the smell of protectionisme of influential local people on Koh Tao.
The police, handled the investigation very unprofessional.
The authorities who not like to loose face in this case of .. 'it are just un-influential 2 birmese boys'.

The whole affair is very unsatisfactory.

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Christy Sweet | 01 March 2017 - 18:53:00

I really have no idea is these two were involved or not, but the campaign of misinformation, intimidation and censorship their almost cult-ish supporters put out certainly did not convince me of their innocence- very much the opposite in fact.

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