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Sunday, Oct 5, 2014


Koh Tao murders: Suspicions surround arrest of Myanmar men

Media Eleven/ANN | Sunday, Oct 5, 2014

The accused two Myanmar migrant workers reenact the crime scene in Koh Toh in the photo released by the Thai police on October 3.

The arrest of two Myanmar migrant workers for the murder of two British tourists in Thailand's Koh Toh has sparked criticisms, claiming flaws in the arrest.

According to the comments posted at the Bangkok Post website, both local and foreign people including the Thai people do not believe the two men were the real culprits after the Thai police charged them with alleged rape and murder on October 3.

The Thai police charged them after the two illegal migrant workers admitted that they killed David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23. The bodies of the two British tourists were found on Koh Toh on September 15.

The Thai police claimed that the DNA samples from the two men matched the DNA samples found on Witheridge's body. The police obtained DNA samples from 200 men residing and working at the island and the majority of them were taken from Myanmar migrant workers.

However, the police earlier announced that the DNA testing did not match with the samples found on the British lady. Then, the police announced that the two Myanmar workers admitted to the murder and abruptly announced that the DNA samples from the two men matched the DNA samples found on Witheridge's body.

Earlier, the police have announced that a condom was found near the crime scene and Witheridge's DNA was found on the outside, but they did not reveal what was found on the inside of the condom.

The Thai investigation team revealed Win, 21, and Soe, 21 as the alleged culprits. The police have also detained Maung, 23, another Myanmar migrant worker besides the two men.

Win confessed that he attacked the British tourists with the plan to rape the woman after he saw them having sex.

However, his confession contradicts the Thai police's earlier announcement on not finding evidence that the tourists were walking on the beach together and had stopped near the guesthouse to have sex.

Moreover, the Thai police have announced earlier that no evidence of Miller's DNA was found on Witheridge's body. The police said they believed Miller was killed when he came to rescue Witheridge, who he had met recently.

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