Thai court sentences Myanmar men to death for murder of British backpackers

December 24, 2015 06:18

KOH SAMUI, Thailand - A Thai court sentenced two migrant workers from Myanmar to death on Thursday after finding them guilty of the 2014 murders of two British tourists on a holiday island.

The verdict follows an investigation and trial that was mired in controversy, including allegations of police incompetence, mishandling of evidence and torture of the suspects.

Backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao in September 2014.

Following weeks of pressure to solve the case, police arrested Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun and said the two had confessed to the crimes. Both later retracted their confessions saying they had been made under duress.

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