October 21, 2017

People protest against Koh Tao death sentences

People protest against the decision by a Thai court’s death sentence for the two workers.

A group of people including Buddhist monks took to the street yesterday in downtown Yangon protesting against the recent decision by a Thai court that upheld death sentences for two Myanmar nationals.
Holding placards and banner, the protestors gathered at the downtown Yangon and demanded the Thai government to release the two Myanmar nationals.
The move comes two day after a special investigative team formed by the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand is planning to appeal the recent decision by a Thai court that upheld death sentences for two Myanmar nationals.
“Depending on instructions from authorities in Myanmar, we will make an appeal to the High Court of Thailand,” said U Aung Myo Thant, a legal adviser from the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand, following the recent announcement from the presiding Thai court.
“Thailand’s law allows us to make an appeal within a month. But we can request a one-month extension at least five times if our complaint is reasonable,” he said.
A Thai appeals court upheld the death sentences for two Myanmar migrant workers convicted of the murder of two British backpackers on a vacation island in 2014, their lawyer said on Wednesday.
The bodies of backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found on a beach on Koh Tao island in September 2014. Police said Witheridge, 23, had been raped and bludgeoned to death and Miller, 24, had suffered blows to his head. Thailand sentenced Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun to death after convicting them of the crime on 24 December 2015.

 

Phoe Khwar

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