Burma govt pledges support to Koh Tao murder suspects

Burma govt pledges support to Koh Tao murder suspects

Burma’s government and upper house of parliament have pledged to provide financial and moral support to Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, who are due in court on Friday to face charges of murdering two British tourists on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

Htoo Chit, one of the members of a delegation organised by the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, said, “On 19 December, we met with representatives of the upper house and they pledged to provide all necessary assistance, including financial support. Afterwards, we met with representatives of the President’s Office in Naypyidaw, led by deputy-minister U Aung Thein, and they offered to help us find witnesses by writing to local governments where they might live.”

He said most of the potential witnesses reside in southern Burma’s Tenasserim Division.

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The trial begins on Koh Samui in southern Thailand on 26 December. Families of the suspects are expected to attend.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun stand accused of seven charges, including the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, and the rape of Witheridge.

The Burmese pair have pleaded not guilty.

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