- Title: File of events surrounding British tourist murders ahead of final verdict
- Date: 29th August 2019
- Summary: Thai police brought two Myanmar suspects, Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, who have allegedly admitted to murdering the two British tourists to reconstruct the crime on Koh Tao in southern Surat Thani province. Police insisted they were confident they caught the right suspects. KOH TAO, THAILAND (FILE - OCTOBER 3, 2014) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** 21-YEAR-OLD MYANMAR SUSPECT, WIN ZAW HTUN, STANDING PLAIN CLOTHES AND UNIFORMED POLICE SURROUNDING WIN ZAW HTUN AND ANOTHER MYANMAR SUSPECT ZAW LIN (BEHIND WITH HELMET) POLICEMEN FORMING HUMAN BARRIER ON BEACH AT CRIME SCENE RECONSTRUCTION BOTH MYANMAR SUSPECTS STANDING, POINTING AT CRIME SCENE BOTH MYANMAR SUSPECTS STANDING AT CRIME SCENE RE-ENACTMENT CAMERAMEN FILMING, OFFICERS STANDING AT SCENE OF BRITISH TOURISTS' MURDER POLICE RECONSTRUCTING CRIME SCENE, MYANMAR SUSPECTS POINTING PLAIN CLOTHES POLICE OFFICERS ESCORTING MYANMAR SUSPECTS THROUGH WATER ON SEA SHORE IN CRIME RECONSTRUCTION SUSPECT SHOWING HOW HE ALLEGEDLY USED WEAPON SUSPECT STANDING WITH POLICE BOTH MYANMAR SUSPECTS SITTING MYANMAR SUSPECTS SITTING IN FRONT OF THAI NATIONAL POLICE CHIEF, POLICE GENERAL SOMYOT POOMPANMUONG, AND OTHER POLICEMEN Suspects Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin were taken to Koh Samui Provincial Court for an extension of their detention. KOH SAMUI, THAILAND (FILE - OCTOBER 4, 2014) (REUTERS) SUSPECT BEHIND BARS HAVING FINGERPRINTS TAKEN AT KOH SAMUI PROVINCIAL COURT POLICE HOLDING SUSPECT'S HANDS AS HIS FINGERPRINTS ARE BEING TAKEN Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin pleaded not guilty to charges including murder over the killing of two British tourists in Thailand, their lawyer said, in a case that has hit tourism and attracted widespread criticism. They initially confessed to the murders but later retracted their confessions, saying they had been made under duress. KOH SAMUI, THAILAND (FILE - DECEMBER 8, 2014) (REUTERS) KOH SAMUI DISTRICT PRISON VAN PARKING TWO MYANMAR SUSPECTS, ZAW LIN AND WIN ZAW HTUN, BOTH 21, WALKING DOWN FROM VAN SUSPECTS WALKING INTO DETENTION ROOM In December 2015, Thai court sentenced the two migrant workers from Myanmar to death after finding them guilty of the 2014 murders of the two British tourists on Koh Tao. KOH SAMUI, THAILAND (FILE - DECEMBER 24, 2015) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF COURTHOUSE MOTHER OF WIN ZAW TUN INSIDE THE BUILDING CRYING VARIOUS OF MOTHERS OF TWO ACCUSED MYANMAR MIGRANTS LEAVING, CRYING The death sentence given to two Myanmar migrant workers prompted people to protest in front of the Thai embassy in Yangon, calling for their immediate release. YANGON, MYANMAR (FILE - DECEMBER 25, 2015) (REUTERS) PEOPLE STANDING AND HOLDING SIGNS PEOPLE HOLDING SIGNS WITH PICTURE OF THAI KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ MONKS STANDING AND HOLDING SIGNS READING (English): "SAVE OUR PEOPLE" MORE OF PEOPLE HOLDING SIGNS
- Embargoed: 12th September 2019 04:38
- Keywords: Thailand Koh Tao British murder case migrant workers court File
- Location: KOH TAO, KOH SAMUI, BANGKOK, THAILAND / UNKNOWN LOCATION / YANGON, MYANMAR
- City: KOH TAO, KOH SAMUI, BANGKOK, THAILAND / UNKNOWN LOCATION / YANGON, MYANMAR
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA007AU9ROZR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: File footage chronicles the events surrounding the 2014 murder of two British backpackers on the holiday island of Koh Tao and the subsequent conviction of two migrant workers from Myanmar.
The Thai supreme court sentenced Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun to death after finding them guilty of the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.
The two convicted men from Myanmar are set to face the final verdict on Thursday (August 29) after pleading not guilty and appealing to the court.
The case is mired in controversy and questions about the police investigation as well as Thailand's treatment of migrant workers, prompting widespread criticism and protests.
(Production: Afiq Satikin, Lion Schellerer)
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