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Sunday, Oct 5, 2014

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Koh Tao murders: Myanmar to provide help for arrested suspects

Media Eleven/ANN | Sunday, Oct 5, 2014

Two workers from Myanmar (wearing helmets and handcuffs), suspected of killing two British tourists on the island of Koh Tao last month, stand near Thai police officers during a re-enactment of the alleged crime, where the bodies of the tourists were found on the island October 3, 2014.

Myanmar authorities say they will provide any help necessary for three nationals accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand, according to labour attaché Thein Naing from the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok.

The Labour Ministry has been investigating the incident and conveyed a message to the embassy to provide help for the three men.

"We're now making an investigation into the incident. We asked local residents whether the accusations are correct or not. Some said the Myanmar workers weren't involved in the murders," Thein Naing said.

The two British tourists were killed and their battered bodies found on Koh Tao, a popular tourist island in the Gulf of Thailand on September 15.

An official from Labour Rights Network for Myanmar workers in Thailand said: "Our team went there to the island at the time when the Myanmar workers were arrested. Three of them were tortured, such as [having hot water poured on them and beaten] and another three were released, according to workers there.

"I also worked there on the island in 1998. It is the kind of place where employers and police do what they want. If a foreign tourist has a thing stolen, the first to be accused are Myanmar nationals," he said.

Thailand's national police said DNA test results released late on Thursday night backed up "confessions" by the two men to raping and killing 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, and killing David Miller, 24.

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