Two men sentenced to death for the murder of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, have had their final appeal accepted by the Supreme Court of Thailand.
The two migrant workers Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo from Myanmar were found guilty of killing the tourists on the Island of Koh Tao, three years ago but have always denied they were involved.
Their final chance of avoiding the death penalty was submitted in a 319 page document on August 21st by their lawyers. The appeal is based on certain points such as being denied justice and fairness for crimes they claim they did not commit.
Their lawyer suggested that police did not follow correct procedures when collecting DNA evidence, meaning the evidence could have been contaminated.
It is also alleged that the men were forced into a confession and that the evidence provided at the trial does not warrant the death penalty.
Speaking to the Myanmar Times, their lawyer said “Thailand has only one law for its citizens as well as foreigners, so I believe our two migrants can escape the death sentence because there is not enough evidence for a murder conviction”.
The duo were convicted on seven charges including rape and murder of Hannah and the murder of David. They were given the death sentence at their trial in November 2015.
The National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom admitted to “illegally” providing Thai police with phone records, something that helped convicted the migrant workers.
It is hoped that their hearing will occur within the next six months.
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Source : Samuitimes
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