Myanmar pair faces verdict over British murders in Thailand

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BANGKOK: Two Myanmar migrant workers could face the death penalty if convicted this week of murdering a pair of British backpackers on a Thai island, in a grim case that stained the kingdom’s reputation as a tourist haven. Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun have pleaded not guilty to killing David Miller, 24, and the rape and murder of Hannah Witheridge, 23, on the diving paradise of Koh Tao in southern Thailand, with the defendants insisting they are scapegoats for a bungled inquiry. The British pair was found bludgeoned to death on a beach on September 15, 2014 — a grisly discovery that has troubled the country’s vital tourism trade and raised questions over the Thai justice system. Three judges on the nearby island of Koh Samui are expected to deliver their verdict on Christmas Eve (Thursday) after a trial that has dragged on for several months. AFP

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