BANGKOK (Reuters) – A lawyer representing two Myanmar men charged with the murder of two British tourists in Thailand said on Monday that their families have asked Thai authorities to investigate allegations of torture.
The bodies of British tourists Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered on a rocky alcove on the island of Koh Tao on Sept. 15. Last month police said two men – Myanmar workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun – had admitted to the killings.
Monday’s request is the latest twist in a case that has been dogged by controversy – from the way the victims’ bodies were handled to the publication of sensitive information related to the victims by some media.
The murders have dented tourism, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of Thailand’s gross domestic product, at a time when the country is still under martial law following a May coup.
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