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Govt to submit plea for two Myanmar workers

Myanmar Times, Myanmar, 3 September 2019 - Myanmar's government will submit a plea for clemency to the king of Thailand on behalf of two Myanmar migrant workers who were found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of two British tourists, a senior official says.

“From the beginning, state leaders have been following the case. The ministry has also provided assistance to the labour attaché, ambassador and labour organisations in Thailand involved in the case,” said Labour, Immigration and Population Minister U Thein Swe.

A prominent local businessman has also been working to obtain pardons for the two migrant workers, U Thein Swe said, without elaborating.

Last Thursday, Thailand’s Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Win Zaw Tun and Zaw Lin, who were sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers on the resort island of Koh Tao in 2014.

The investigation of the murder by Thai police had been widely criticised both in Thailand and abroad due to their alleged mishandling of forensic evidence and torture of the two accused to coerce a confession.

The Associated Press reported that during the trial of the migrant workers, a well-known Thai forensics expert testified that the DNA evidence that was a major element of the prosecution’s case did not link the defendants to the scene.

Source: https://www.mmtimes.com/news/govt-submit-plea-two-myanmar-workers.html

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