Police consider prosecuting Koh Tao victim’s sister over Thailand criticism

The commissioner of the Royal Thai Police said yesterday the authorities are investigating the Facebook post of Laura Witheridge, sister of Koh Tao murder victim Hannah, in which she slammed Thailand over the “bungled” murder investigation.

Chakthip Chaijinda said he had assigned the International Affairs Division to translate Laura’s Facebook post to inspect whether it violates any laws.

In the lengthy Facebook post on Jan. 10, Laura, whose sister Hannah was brutally murdered on Koh Tao in 2014, called the investigation “bungled” and accused the Thai authorities of using her family for press photo opportunities by lying that they were going to give the family an update on the investigation.

She also wrote she had been threatened, chased, and offered bribes by Thais.

“What if I told you that I have been sent crime scene photographs? What if I told you that I have been chased in my car? What if I told you that the Thais offered us ‘compensation’? Obviously we were absolutely appalled and declined,” she wrote.

The post was heavily edited after it was picked up by international media. Laura eventually took down her Facebook post.

Chakthip said the investigation was based on forensic evidence and that officials have held many conferences to clarify society’s suspicions over the case. He insisted that the Thai authorities paid importance to the death of foreigners, Daily News reported.

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