Thursday 29 September 2016

Thailand tourist murders: Lawyer for defendents accuse police of torturing and beating clients

Published 12/10/2015 | 10:41

The trial over the murders of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, ended on Sunday.
The trial over the murders of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, ended on Sunday.

The lawyer defending two Burma migrants over the murders of two British tourists on a Thai resort island has accused police of torturing and beating his clients in order to extract confessions.

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Allegations of police torture are not new in Thailand but defence lawyer Nakhon Chompuchat gave extensive details about the alleged intimidation, physical violence and threats his clients faced in an interview with the Associated Press.

Police have denied they tortured the accused.

The trial over the murders of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, ended on Sunday.

Mr Nakhon said the judge gave him and the prosecutor until October 26 to deliver their closing statements before giving his verdict on December 24.

The pair's bodies were found on September 14 last year on the resort island of Koh Tao.

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