Authorities in Thailand must ensure an independent, transparent and thorough examination of allegations of torture by police made by two men who today were found guilty of murder, Amnesty International said.
The Koh Samui Provincial court today found Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun (both Myanmar nationals) guilty of the murder of the British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in September 2014 and sentenced them to death. The pair’s defence team plans to appeal the judgment.
The two Myanmar nationals claimed that during their interrogation police tortured them including by stripping, beating, kicking and threats of electric shocks to extract “confessions”. The presiding judge dismissed the allegations, stating that there was no evidence that torture took place, without providing any further information.