KOH SAMUI – The trial date for two Myanmar workers Zaw Lin and Win Phyo, both 21, accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand has been set for July 8, 2015.
A lawyer for two Myanmar nationals indicted over the murder of two British tourists on a Thai holiday island said he was confident of persuading scared witnesses to testify and exonerate the accused.
A committee of investigators set up by Myanmar’s embassy in Bangkok last week said potential witnesses able to prove the suspects were innocent were too scared to appear in court for fear of retribution by Thai police or their former employers.
Thailand’s military government pressed police to solve the case quickly. Zaw Lin and Win Phyo, who were migrant workers, initially confessed but later retracted their statements, saying they were given under duress.
The Foreign Office said it expected the trial of two Burmese men accused of murdering British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand to be “Fair and Transparent”.