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Koh Tao defence lawyers call on British witnesses

The defense team of two Burmese men accused of murdering of two British tourists on the Thai resort island Koh Tao have asked the court to summon witnesses who were on the island when the incident took place.

A formal request was filed at the court on 16 December to summon British nationals, Christopher Ware and Shaun McAnna, to testify as defence witnesses at the trial, a representative of the suspects’ defence team, told DVB.

“On behalf of the two defendants, and as members of the Lawyers Council of Thailand, on Tuesday we submitted the request in court. We are yet to find out whether it will be approved or not [on Thursday],” said representative Amporn Sungtong.


Mr. Ware was a friend of murder victim David Miller, and Mr. McAnna was a musician at the nearby AC bar. The two left Thailand shortly after the incident took place.

The defence and prosecution teams are to present witnesses at the trial on 26 December. The lawyer said there are about 10 individuals nominated as defence witnesses, but eight of them are Burmese migrants who have received threats and are currently relying on the Burmese embassy to ensure their security.

She said the Lawyers Council of Thailand would welcome anyone with credible information to come forth as witnesses for the defendants. Meanwhile, prosecutors have appointed over 40 witnesses.

The suspects are due back in court on 26 December.



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