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A Thai judge on Thursday extended remand for two Burmese men suspected of murdering two British tourists, but indicated that they may each apply for bail at a bond of 500,000 baht (US$15,500).
Local police applied at Koh Samui Court on Thursday to extend the remand of the Burmese migrants by 12 more days. Aung Myo Thant, a lawyer attached to the Burmese embassy who attended the court hearing, confirmed the judge’s decision to extend the pair’s detention.
Defence lawyers argued that the suspects should not be held any longer on the grounds that they have already been in custody for 48 days. According to Thai law, suspects can be held for 84 days – seven consecutive periods of 12-day remand.
“The judge decided to extend the remand on the grounds that the inquiry is not yet complete, but indicated that the defendants may seek bail,” Aung Myo Thant told DVB.
He said the two suspects, Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, were brought to the court house in a prison truck for the hearing on Thursday morning, and that both appeared in good health.
Upon meeting their defence team, the Burmese youths handed over handwritten notes, maintaining their innocence and calling for justice.
“Dear citizens of the word,” said one letter. “We want you to know that we did not have anything to do with this crime. We plead with you all to help secure our release from prison.”
Meanwhile, The Guardian has reported in an interview, Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin urged the families of murdered tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller to help them clear their names.
They also asked UK authorities to share with their lawyers the results of a Metropolitan police review of the Thai investigation, the report said.