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The Process that Left 2 Burmese Rotting in jail for the Koh Tao Killings Not Good Enough

Myanmar migrants Win Zaw Htun, right, and Zaw Lin, left, both 22, are escorted by an official after their guilty verdict at court in Koh Samui, Thailand

Myanmar migrants Win Zaw Htun, right, and Zaw Lin, left, both 22, are escorted by an official after their guilty verdict at court in Koh Samui, Thailand

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KOH SAMUI – In a few days, it will be two years since the murder of two young Brits at Koh Tao; Hannah and David. Yet, however there are two other victims.

I’m referring to Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin the two 22 year-old Myanmar “scapegoats”, who were wrongly convicted of the crime and now face the death penalty in Thailand.
For anyone studying advanced English, here’s a phrase to learn: ‘miscarriage of justice’. Definition: judicial procedures which are not carried out properly. That defines the processes which scapegoated the innocent concurrently shield the real murderers from justice.

It’s been a sad two years. Hopefully, the Royal Thai Police and people working within the Thai justice system (is that an oxymoron?) can improve how they do their jobs. However, it’s already too late for the impoverished Burmese who have been rotting in jail for nearly two years – with no light at the end of the Byzantine tunnel.

By Kip Keino, Chiang Rai

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