Koh Tao murders: Influential island figure vows to clear his son’s name

The son of a village headman who has remained under a cloud of suspicion since the murders of two tourists on Koh Tao last month will finally submit a DNA sample for testing.

Weeks after the investigation pointed the finger of suspicion at the island’s “influential figures” before pivoting back to “Burmese migrant laborers,” Woraphan Tuwichian said his son Warot Tuwichian would present a sample to clear his name at the invitation of the national police chief.

“I want to ask who will responsible for the reports on social media that accused my son and my family and brought disgrace upon our family?” Woraphan said in the Bangkok Post. “When the case ends, I’ll let it be the police’s duty to take legal action against them.”

Woraphan was referring to sites such as CSILA, where keyboard detectives have pored over photographs and inconsistencies from police statements to piece together their own provocative conclusions.

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The Tuwichian family owns a number of prime business holdings in tourist areas, including a bar, guest house and dive shop. Warot previously did not give a DNA sample and claimed to be in Bangkok at the time of the murders.

Those who’ve criticized the integrity of the police investigation integrity however are unlikely to be satisfied by the demonstration organized by national police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang.

Criticism has come from many quarters internally and abroad over the investigation which led to the implication of two Burmese migrants employed by Tuwichian family, who said they were tortured into confessing the crime.

File photo: Royal Thai Police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang, NNT

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