Govt to seek royal pardon for two Myanmar workers on Thai death row

The government will formally file an appeal on October 21 for a royal pardon for two Myanmar men sentenced to death in Thailand for the murder of two British backpackers, the lawyer representing the two said Thursday.

Defence lawyer U Aung Myo Thant, told The Myanmar Times that the Myanmar envoy in Thailand will personally file the appeal.

“The ambassador and team on behalf of Myanmar’s president are working to submit the plea before the deadline.” The two Myanmar migrant workers are in good health. They are delighted, as senior Myanmar officials visit them often,” he said.

On August 29, the Thai Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun in the killing of two British tourists on the resort island of Koh Tao in 2014.

Ambassador U Myo Myint Than and his team worked with members of the Thai Lawyers Council in preparing the appeal, according to a statement by the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand.

It said documents such as birth certificates, household lists and recommendation letters attesting to the two men’s honesty will also be submitted.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were sentenced to death in December 2015 for the murder of British citizens David Miller and Hannah Witheridge on Koh Tao in Surat Thani province in September 2014. – Translated

 Written: Sit Htet Aung
Source: Myanmar Times
Published on 11 October 2019
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