Koh Tao murder: Is justice denied?

Koh Tao murder

Is justice delayed equivalent to justice denied?

This question bothers the mind of every person who has heard and read the news about the tragic death of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in the island of Koh Tao.

We can’t blame the family and friends of the two British backpackers murdered in southern Thailand to be indignant, worried and hopeless for the slow proceedings of the case.

It has been ten months, yet the Thailand government has not given any solid evidence that would really point the real killers.

Previously, two Myanmar migrant workers named that Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 22, were accused of killing Miller and Witheridge.

Thai police said in October that Lin and Htun had initially confessed to the killings within days of the victims’ bodies being discovered, but then, they retracted that confession after allegedly being tortured by Thai police.

Witheridge and Miller, who met while on holiday in Thailand, were found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao last September. Post-mortem examinations showed both suffered severe head wounds and that Witheridge was raped.

The high-profile murder case has been mired in controversy from the start. Soon after the bodies were found, Thai netizens mocked the police investigation and accused officers of failing to seal off the crime scene quickly enough and failing to stop potential suspects from leaving the island.

Thai police said that DNA evidence from the murder case had not been lost, despite earlier statements from the police that vital evidence couldn’t be re-examined as requested by the defense team because it had gone missing.

Lieutenant Colonel Somsak said all police could offer the court was documentation of the results.

The court is due to rule tomorrow on whether the swabs held at Thailand’s Central Institute of Forensic Science in Bangkok may be retested, the defense team for the two Burma nationals told AFP.

Truly, the case has drawn global attention both for the gruesome murders on the quiet, scenic island of Koh Tao a year ago and for an investigation that raised questions about police and judicial competency.

Well, we just have to wait the results and verdict of the British backpacker’s murder case. I know that many of us hope that Thai authorities will really do their job of finding the real culprit. After all, it’s in their jurisdiction that the gruesome killing of David and Hannah had happened.

For the families of two young backpackers, don’t lose hope. Soon, you will see justice done fairly and openly. The proceedings are just delayed, but believe that justice is not yet denied!

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