Surat Thani prosecutors kick ‘flawed’ Koh Tao investigation report back to police

Prosecutors in Surat Thani province rejected the 850-plus page report on the police investigation into the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao.

Citing the case’s high profile, prosecutors told the police the report was flawed and needed to be fortified with more relevant information – and please make it shorter.

As allegations of police misconduct continue to pile up, Amnesty Interational has called on Thailand to investigate.

“The Thai authorities must initiate an independent, effective and transparent investigation into mounting allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by police,” said Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific program director.

Meanwhile Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, the two migrant laborers who stand accused of the crime, remain in custody.

As first reported by Coconuts, the two men have reportedly recanted their confessions to a Myanmar embassy lawyer, saying they were made under torture.

However a member of Thailand’s human rights commission affirms that while the men told him they murdered David Miller and Hannah Witheridge, their statements were inconsistent with claims by the police, according to The Nation.

Police said in the midst of the men’s brutal assault and rape they had stopped to put on condoms from which police recovered their DNA. Parinya Srisarakarn said the men told him they didn’t use condoms. He confirmed the victims bore wounds from misstreatment by police and the police “translator” who was really a roti seller on the island.

Photo: Mike Coghlan


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