Thursday 29 September 2016

Burma army chief questions British backpacker murder trial verdicts

Published 27/12/2015 | 12:01

Michael Miller, flanked by his parents Ian and Sue, speaks after his brother's killers were sentenced to death
Michael Miller, flanked by his parents Ian and Sue, speaks after his brother's killers were sentenced to death

The head of Burma's military has joined growing criticism of the death sentences Thailand gave to two men from Burma for a double murder on a resort island, calling on Thailand's military government to review the case.

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General Min Aung Hlaing's comments were carried by state media on Sunday, three days after the men were convicted and sentenced in a verdict that has sparked daily protests in Burma.

State media reported that the army chief urged Thailand to "review the evidence" and "avoid a situation in which the innocent ... were wrongly punished".

Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin were convicted of murdering British tourists David Miller and Hannah Witheridge last year on Koh Tao, an island in the Gulf of Thailand.

Both say Thai police tortured them into confessing.

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