Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday, October 05, 2014
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As international human rights agencies seeks clarification on a controversial Thai murder investigation, staff at the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok send a team to Koh Samui

A Burmese migrant worker ngo also has sent a team to Koh Samui where the suspects are being held.

But police chief Police General Somyot Pumpunmuang denies they are scapegoats.


And the Surat Thani Governor says the arrests have restored

confidence in tourists who are reportedly returning in droves.



But what's the truth about the brutal killings of Britons

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on a Thai paradise 

island?



JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE



WATCHING THE DETECTIVES.


Some 24 hours after Thai Police closed the file on the killer rapists of Koh Tao the internet is still alive with questions and expressions of disbelief  over whether the ‘boys in brown’ as Thai police are often referred to by foreigners in Thailand, have actually got their men.


Flack Jackets and Helmets

It was an impressive show for people impressed by helicopters, link-chains of police volunteers running along the sands, directors with loud-hailers, and two diminutive Burmese in crash helmets and flak jackets bowing in supplication and asking for forgiveness.

But the foreign media, not used to the Thai justice system of 'assumed guilt' - these two young Burmese are guilty until found innocent – found it all a bit of a bizarre pantomime...this final denoument in the hunt for the killers of Britons Hannah Witheridge,23, and David Miller, 24.




The press conference was not so much a press conference – but an announcement.  In affect police said  'We have the DNA matches (from sperm and a discarded LM Red cigarette. We have the CCTV footage. We have Hannah’s phone which was discarded.(more of this later)  We have the guitar. We have the confessions. And we know one had died his hair black from blond'.  (Police say they found blond(e) hairs in Hannah’s hand)


Suspects on a bike - blond hair?


The motive, said police, was that the young Burmese men Win and Saw, who had been smoking on the beach and playing a guitar, saw David Hannah kissing (a previous version was making love) and were driven by uncontrollable desire. As they were new to Thailand having been in the country only two weeks they were not used to such scenes of lasciviousness. It's reported elsewhere that they had been in Thailand for years.

Killer rapists?

Strumming along

This has been hard to swallow by foreigners shocked at the barbarism of the attacks in the dark on a paradise beach in Thailand.  And why would two quite small young men, take on two people of considerably bigger build?  These accused did not look like crackheads...it would have been hard to a find a more cherubic looking diminutive duet of killer rapists. But stranger things have happened.

Police duly produced a long handled dustpan (in place of the garden hoe) a guitar, and a Sky News reporter to play Hannah who was filmed walking along the beach arm round the waist of another foreigner and his arm reaching around hers.

Skywalk


At the same time out came a guitar and journalists wondered in disbelief if one of the ‘perps’ would be asked to strum along with the show...  and then at police direction.....he did.



Bizarre it was. Everything was controlled by loudhailers as Win was pushed down by his head to kneel between a Thai officer, legs spread, as Saw simulated beating him with a dustpan.

Everything ended with a round of applause from the locals, all of whom must have had this ‘we wish this thing would go away feeling’, and the scene was rounded off by the setting off of Chinese fire crackers by the tour and guest house operators.


The Police Generals endorsed his satisfaction at the conclusion of the enquiry and wai-ed the foreign press perhaps wishing they were not there and would go soon.  There were no questions.

But as Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-Ocha was congratulating police on a job well done a tidal wave of disbelief was flooding the internet.  


Scalded with boiling water

In short, a simple internet post “What a load of @#&% %^%%& ! ” perhaps best encapsulated the mood as thousands of amateur sleuths turned the police investigation into what they considered a fiasco.

Posts of anger and disbelief choked foreign internet forums in Thailand, newspaper comment sections of British newspapers and the foreigners were joined by presumably off-island Thais in their thousands echoing similar sentiments, and of course Burmese, from all parts of the globe.

No sooner had the loudhailers been switched off on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, than a group of Burmese announced that three friends of the accused had been beaten and had scalding water poured over them several days before…on September 27th when the original three accused, with whom they were playing takraw fled into the jungle.

Football team
This was at the time some media reported that Thai police claimed they were looking for members of the SUN Football Team who had been playing on the island the day before the murders.

The three footballers had been captured on CCTV following Hannah and her group, but maybe not deliberately, on the night of the murder.

By September 27th a whole array of suspects had been paraded in the press with police comments attached to their particular roles.

The initial island story was that a crazed gay foreigner – Miller’s boyfriend – had killed the couple in a frenzy of jealousy.   This was the first story told to journalists by backpackers and locals alike.

Crazed gay foreigner


Then the hunt was on for the who seemed to be the obvious or rather usual suspects in the eyes of the locals, who were the Burmese migrant labourers a couple of thousand of whom were on the island many without documentation, and who appeared also to be a regular source of income to the local police – Anybody without papers is a source of income it seems on Koh Tao according to local media reports.


Cave man
Then came the Ware brothers, Christopher and James, from Jersey, who were on holiday with David Miller. It seems an all-points bulletin was put out for them and they were stopped at Suvarnabhumi airport from boarding their flight and asked to undergo DNA tests. Christopher the 'crazed gay farang' seemed to be totally level-headed.

It appears that police did not DNA test them earlier out of krengjai (respect)

This was followed by a Thai speed boat man, who dabbled in drugs and was found hanging out and apparently blitzed in a cave in Koh Samui.



Mon 'I'm not mafia - my mate's a cop'

No sooner was he off the hook (for the murders not drugs)  then next in the frame was Mon the manager of the AC bar who had followed or chased a hapless Scottish busker Sean McAnna from the bar after he claimed Mon and another figure (who turned out to be a plain clothed policeman)  accused him of being the murderer and told him they were going to ‘hang him in the hills’.


This came as Fleet Street journalists, encamped in the island’s Montra Hotel, had found the police did not have much to say to them, nor did the locals, nor the local foreigners, and so were desperate for someone to talk to.

A real live drama was going on in front of their eyes.  A terrified McAnna had snatched a photo of Mon and the policeman from a position cowered behind the counter of a 7/11. ‘The Mafia are trying to kill me’ he Facebooked with the picture.

Mon was of course one of the island’s wheeler dealers and laughed off the remarks of the crazy foreigner and told stories of ‘farang sai mai dee’, bad hearted foreigners. He denied ridiculous claims that he was mafia and said his friend (interviewing McAnna) that night was a policeman.


A CCTV recording of the incident was later produced on the Facebook site CIS LA.


No sex on the beach

And all the while journalists were wondering how come this paradise, under-developed (in comparison to neighbours Samui and Ko Phangan only) island appears to be 'drug central' and why the main police activity was not so much crime prevention but collecting fees, according to the Nation newspaper.

Meanwhile the island's DJs were busy on Facebook attacking Sean McAnna. One local moto cycle hirer and repair man tastelessly put a picture up on the net of himself holding a hoe. Not surprisingly this provoked a hostile reaction abroad.

This was not helped by the attacks on McAnna who was pictured dressed up as a woman with derisory remarks.

The author did not clarify that McAnna was on a local island organised pub crawl which stopped at the Queen's Cabaret - a ladyboy club on Koh Tao - and all male tourists are encouraged to dress up as 'katoeys' and be part of the party, but only the brave at heart, or drunk, do.

But the suggestion was clear McAnna was a 'bad foreigner'.

The delicate relationship between East and West meanwhile had taken another dent after the management of the AC bar had put up a sign playing on the words of a cocktail saying: 'No Sex On The Beach' totally ignoring the sensitivities of the family back in the UK.

They later said it was a warning and the picture was 'liked' several time on Facebook by various DJs, who are famous for carrying on partying on the beach after the bars have closed.

Again this made the international press, the inference taken that if David and Hannah had not been having sex on the beach - this would not have happened.

It is a recurring theme that this is what the young couple were doing. But police have yet to produce any evidence.

The suggestion has been made by police but the story changed to 'kissing'. Perhaps they had been made aware of a faux pas Thai police made during the investigation into the murder of Kirsty Jones by Chiang Mai police in 2000.

(This investigation which the Nation said a British diplomat had described as 'shambolic' (later denied by the Embassy) was also full of controversy and one moment was when an investigating officer said that Kirsty probably agreed to sex (with her killer) but only objected when he tried to abuse her anally.)

Influential people

But soon Mon's name was linked to his nephew and the brother of the Head Man (puyai baan) a serious mover and shaker, or person of power on Koh Tao.  The son had apparently fled the island to Bangkok it was claimed.

General Panya Mamen,  Head of Region 8 of the Royal Thai Police, said the son and brother of the head man were under investigation.  This was followed the following day by a denial and  followed again by an indignant headman holding a press conference to express his hurt feelings – at which he offered one million baht (£20,000) to anyone who could prove that any of his relatives were involved.

Indignant head man
The foreign media looked on in boredom. They took the view that if he had complaints then he should take them up with the appropriate people.  Showboating hurt when just yards away two Britons had been barbarically hacked to death was inappropriate. This was about face. Nothing more.

General Panya Mamen was 'transferred' or 'promoted', the day before the media show.

That million baht was the butt of one foreign hack's joke. "I was told Thai police could set someone up for murder here for a lot less'.

This was all rounded off by the ‘missing’ son facing the press in Bangkok stating he had been at University all along and had CCTV footage and professors who could vouch for him.

witness bribery?

The headman’s anger and that of Mon, his younger brother, was now directed at crazy McAnna and they suddenly remembered that McAnna had been witnessed wiping blood off his face in the Lotus bar – and sure enough as he left the island his guitar appeared to be stained with dried blood.

This story did not however have any significance to the murders and so on the story went back to the roundup of Burmese and each time a series of props which included mobile phones and a bloodstained pair of trousers (which turned out not to be bloodstained) appeared.


Last week police were predicting from Monday that with 48 hours they would have the killer. Then a local taxi driver fled to the bosom of another island leader claiming he had been beaten by police and offered 700,000 baht (about £13,000) to give false testimony against someone else.

The civic leader then issued a statement to the effect that this was a scandalous state of affairs (but put much more mildly Thai style) and that the police should not try and find scapegoats.

Terrified Scot
Some people were of course now interpreting island feeling as: ‘Leave our people alone and find a scapegoat’. The island's Burmese were now living more in fear than ever. Police did not need their permission to take DNA.

Confessions

One of the three Burmese arrested was captured at the pier in Surat Thani and the two others were caught on the island and brought in to Sairee Beach. By Thursday night two had ‘confessed’ but the third had merely admitted to playing his guitar and having a beer and smoke on the beach, said police.

However as he was not released again Thai police activity was being viewed with suspicion.

Before DNA samples had been tested the police announced they had their man. And sure enough the DNA was confirmed the following day at 8am – the day of the Big Show.

The bloodstained trousers, a prop which has appeared several times, which turned out to belong to Christopher Ware and were found in Miller's bag, were of course not blood-stained and totally irrelevant.

A series of figures caught on CCTV including allegedly Hannah and David were irrelevant and of course not Hannah and David, nor did they ever look like Hannah and David.

CCTV of Win on the night of the murders, who was supposed to be blond at the time, showed him to be black haired at the time..Then came the controversy about Hannah’s mobile phone.

 mobile phone controversy

This phone, 'Hannah's or David's, depending on which police statement taken into account, was allegedly thrown into the jungle near the home of the accused – as it did not work.  Police then found it.  But a poster on the forum ThaiVisa.com seemed to put the lie to the story that the Burmese had Hannah’s phone and threw it away nearby – because it did not work.

The Burmese could not have had Hannah’s phone, she said, because on the night in question Hannah had given it to a friend to put in her handbag.  The day of the murders the Hannah’s phone was handed to police!  And The CSI LA Facebook page took up the case.


Hannah's phone apparently being handed in to police - added to drama


Abigail 1989 wrote last night:

Phone near suspects house
“I just want to clear up what I posted yesterday. I originally said that there was no way that the phone could have been at the suspects’ house because it was at the scene. I jumped to conclusions with that statement. At that point my friend had just told me that she had the phone the next day and I didn't want to ask her too many questions and upset her.



From Phuketwan - but they now say the phone was Miller's


Phone near suspects house

“I've since spoken to her properly and that's when I found out that the phone wasn't at the scene but was in the friend’s handbag. They gave it to the police the following morning along with the passcode.


It's perfectly normal to know friends passcodes, especially if you're travelling together and using phones to take pictures etc.


“You don't need to believe me, I'm just saying what I know. I am also aware that perhaps the police are referring to the other victim’s phone, in which case my information is useless anyway.

Police did indeed find a mobile phone in the undergrowth near the Burmese' apartment as these stills from Channel 7 show. Or at least they were filmed as they are shown to be finding a mobile phone - It would be surely inconceivable that police themselves had placed it there to be found. They now say the phone was David's and earlier comments were misconstrued, a genuine possibility.

But wait - here's another broken mobile phone being identified apparently by Chris Ware the day before he left the island.


But what police say at press conferences is often meaningless not only in the Thai Courts but in the general way of things. Many defendants disappear from the system afterwards. Trials are rarely reported. Caution and measured statements can give way to a little storytelling.

And it looks like, I say cautiously, en exhibit belong to a foreign male. But I daresay could be Hannah's without the cover


Currently there are foreign agencies and international agencies who want to have a closer look at these two defendants if only to allay fears that a terrible injustice has taken place. Two teams have gone to Koh Samui, one from the Burmese (Myanmar) Embassy, another from the Myanmay Migrant Workers ngo.

According to Eleven Media:

"The Labour Ministry has been investigating the incident and conveyed a message to the embassy to provide help for the three men. 

“We’re now making an investigation into the incident. We asked local residents whether the accusations are correct or not. Some said the Myanmar workers weren’t involved in the murders,” Thein Naing said.


COMMENT


By past experience in high profile 'foreigner' murder cases the Thai formula has always been to deny local involvement in every murder of a foreigner.  Blame has been first attributed to a another foreigner, either Bumese or western. People remember the conduct of the cases as much for the investigation as for the horror of the murders.

And of two of the five high profile murder cases known and covered by the author –  Kirsty Jones, Vanessa Arscott and Adam Lloyd, Leo del Pinto, and the Koh Tao case, three (Arscott, Lloyd and del Pinto) were murdered by Thai police officers.

UK: Johanne Masheder, from Cheshire, 23,  1996: murdered by a monk in temple grounds in Kanchanaburi. For a while she was just a missing person. During that period a claim was made that her disappearance was just and insurance fraud. Johanne was beaten to death by a novice called Yosak Suaphu - who had previously been in jail

UK: Kirsty Jones, 23, from Devon, 2000: murdered and raped in the Aree Guest house Chiang Mai. Burmese guide tortured. Several foreigners accused. Killer never found. Complete DNA profile done in UK was never matched. Guests at the Aree heard her screams but decided to do nothing as they thought it was a lover's tiff'.

UK: Vanessa Arscott, 23, and Adam Lloyd, 24, 2004: murdered by a policeman in Kanchanaburi. First Adam was shot then Police Sergeant Somchai Wisetsingh ran over Vanessa in his car. He then got out and shot her three times as she hung onto the bases of a pylon carrying electric cables - once in the forehead, once in the face and once in her neck. He got bail until his conviction and none of the eye witnesses would testify against him though fear. Reporters were attacked with pepper spray outside the court by a police colleague. Wisetsinghs father made the false claim that Vanessa was having an affair with his son - and Adam started it it a fit or rage. Wisetsingh claimed it was not him it as an informant of his. Forsensic ruled otherwise. Heavy British Embassy involvement.

UK: Katherine Horton, from Cardiff, 23, 2006: murdered and raped on Lamai Beach, Koh Samui. Two Thai fishermen eventually charged. Stories on Koh Samui related this week now claim these men were scapegoats. May be just knew jerk reaction. The fishermen allegedly went back to their boat where police said they had been drinking and watching pron movies and told colleagues Katherine was 'declicious'.

Canada: Leo Delpinto, 24, from Calgary: Shot dead by Thai policeman. Carly Reisig shot and injured. Local witnesses instructed to say the policeman was acting in self defence. Policeman was given bail, during which time he clubbed his 18-year-old bride to death after two weeks of marriage.
The investigation had to be taken out of the hands of Pai Police and taken over by the DSI after Andrew Drummond accompanied the Thai Human Rights Commission on a fact finding mission.

In Britain DNA testing is done at Home Office laboratories and independently from the investigating officers. In Thailand the DNA testing has been done at the Police Forensic Institute in Bangkok.

The head of the team in Bangkok last week publicly pointed out that his officers were not told the identity of the samples they were testing.

It is impossible to say of course that the police have not got the right men. Convincing people they have however is another matter in the wake of history.

The Kirsty Jones case was never solved and the feeling there is because to solve it would be more damaging to Thailand and local interests. It could be all about Face and Image.

But in this case if the DNA does match - and who is able to say otherwise - this will go down as another solved but controversial case. But of course Koh Tao is no paradise.

It would be to unthinkable that the Prime Minister had endorsed a false investigation. The current PM has a reputation for honesty and straight, sometimes too straight, talking.

For if that were so the implications involved to the extent of a cover up would be horrendous - and make Thai police little better than those who carried out these barbaric acts.

25 comments:

  1. At the very least (and we should only expect the very least from the British FCO) there should be an independent autopsy of both victims under control of the British Authorities.

    Or are we going to wait until the bodies are mistakenly cremated?

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  2. Fantastic summation,AD. I really appreciate a real journalist's effort that doesn't just parrot other reports, perpetuating errors.

    Does Thailand have a Freedom of Information Act? An interesting endeavor would be to follow the errors made in the reporting of the case and how they were repeated, ( and retracted without correction.)
    I'd also like to see pics of the phone in the jungle. I'm afraid none of the evidence will see the light of day if these two maintain their confession.

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  3. Brilliant article. Keep up the good work.

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  4. You're on the ball, Andrew. No point talking about freedom of information acts, Christy. That was effectively denied even by the UK in the Kirsty Jones case. It;s a non-starter for Thailand.

    The key will be whether a face saving technique can be found to allow Prayuth to reverse his opinion that the police did a good job. This has been a PR disaster. Advisors are living in the age when viral internet reports did not exist. Prayuth is smart, he apologised over the "scanty clothing" and gave a resaonable explanation how his words had been understood by a Thai audience but not a farang audience. He anyway unreservedly apologised for his choice of words.

    The poo mii ithipon connection may be one over which he has in reality little control. Western governments bow to mafia cliques, even a Thai military government can't hope for great success.

    It was surprising the Thai media are doubting the police but more surprising still that the majority of Thais are vocal in their condemnation of their tactics.

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  5. phone they found with burmeese belonged to David M. and not Hannah

    different phone

    source UK press

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  6. .......and no sooner said than done. The police have, with scarcely a break in stride, now revealed that the telephone they said was found by the suspects dwelling was not Hannah's, as earlier claimed, but was Mr. Miller's phone. Ad libbing is a much underrated art.

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  7. I presume it's this murder that has caused the page views to +700k

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    1. In a sense yes, but there is no shortage of news on this case.

      There is a shortage of thorough, detailed and balanced reporting - Which I suspect is the real reason the page views here have topped +800K

      There is no other source of real journalism in Thailand.

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  8. OK, So now it's David phone. Regardless, we are supposed to believe that murdering in passion, some destitute illiterate Burmese workers took the time to destroy a perfectly good phone knowing full well you can sell them on every street corner? Would have bought more than a pack or two of LM's and don't tell me they had the sophistication to know it could be traced. I don't care what the DNA report says, this is a frame. DNA included.

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  9. Need to make detail investigation. I personally suspect the Yodaya police ( Thai police) for their different talking on this crime case.

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  10. There's photo's of the 2 Burmese lads queuing in the first round of DNA. So why DNA them again?

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  11. This might sound like a naive question, perhaps even a stupid question but...

    How could a prosecutor even accept a case so full of holes and sloppy police work?

    Give me something more than, "this is Thailand." The whole world is watching.

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  12. We should never forget that the Thai people themselves are the biggest victims of their police force. In every town in every province in Thailand there are 'influential' people with corrupt relationships with the local police. Whether it is the local brothel, the local casino, the 3 digit lottery people, the pharmacy selling cough medicine to teenagers or the people stealing all the trees. All are expected to pay local police to turn a blind eye. They are never arrested as long as they pay off the police. More often than not, high ranking police own these businesses or are silent partners in them.

    Then we have the Thai legal system which seems incapable of convicting and jailing anybody who is wealthy or has political or social connections. Even if convicted in a lower court, they walk free on appeal or just don't turn up in court to hear the verdict. Appeals for the wealthy drag on for years whilst they go about their usual business. Judges are lobbied, prosecutors paid off to lose evidence or present a weak case or the police lose witness statements or witnesses just disappear. Even farang financial lightweights and career bottom feeders like Brian Goudie and Drew Noyes have shown how easy it is to manipulate and play the system to avoid prosecution.

    If your poor and dragged in for a crime, chances are you'll be beaten until you admit doing it and offered no legal help. You have no chance of bail and your appeal will be quickly rejected. If you've done something to damage the perceived 'national image' -whatever that might be, your doomed to a quick and sure fate of being locked away and forgotten about.

    The 'international reputation' or 'image' Thailand wants to protect doesn't exist. It never existed. Political correctness forbids the truth being told now. The whole Thai legal system is corrupt, the police are corrupt. It is a user pays system with justice available for purchase if you have enough money to buy it. The Thai leaders know this. Western leaders know this. We all know this. So let's stop this stupid game of pretending everything is ok. It's not and it's time for the current leadership to make some drastic changes. The first change is to give up this 'face saving' crap we see every time there is a crime committed against foreigners. It's just embarrassing to watch and gives the impression the Thai ruling class lives in some virtual reality, where they still think it is 1950 and they can tell the poorer masses anything expecting them to believe it. They don't, we don't either- so give us a spell, we're not all buffaloes.

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  13. Sorry, but I think you have totally misunderstood the Thai justice system. The material is out there for you to form your own conclusions without being spoon fed.

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  14. Has anyone asked the rather obvious question - why were the Burmese peasants smoking one of the more expensive brands of cigarettes?

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    1. goo Stewart
      Because barmen can help themselves without paying in the bar .

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  15. @The Weapon. I have been reading this site and put 20 years of living into Thailand at that is easily one of the most accurate and on target posts I have read summing up the legal/living situation there. Kudo's sir.

    I remember some years ago when a film maker tried to tell the story of the village of Prom Pirab (where a whole village gang raped a girl and then covered for each other and the villagers (20 years later) tried to sue for lost face. It was really the first time I totally understood how destructive the face thing was culturally, ethically, morally.

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    1. Well you'll notice there is a deafening silence about who was employing the Burmese on Koh Tao. Broken immigration laws and labour laws but do you think anybody will be prosecuted?

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    2. Of course not. Nor will anyone be reprimanded or arrested for broadcasting the horrible pictures of the victims bodies that are on every phone in Thailand. Nor will anyone look into why the bars were still open at 4 AM. I doubt there will be any questions as to why two guys were chasing a foreigner across the island with death threats or the allegations of attempted bribery and torture, etc. Until people are held accountable they won't be accountable and this whitewash will just further endorse the practice of finding a patsy. Add to it that a couple of days at the temple, coupled with a nice fat payoff rehabilitates any criminal who has money.

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  16. I didn't read about that condom with Hannahs DNA on it anymore. What happened to that part of the story?

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    1. Yeah, I wondered about that too, however I was warned on one forum not to disrespect the victims by suggesting they were murdered just as they began having sex, (and using a condom!!) Apparently, it's a bad thing these days for healthy, attractive young adults to get it on.

      That CSI LA site needs to have a look at some of what they are presenting as " evidence"- that two shorter guys couldn't have possibly attacked the taller Miller. If he was laying down, engaged in intercourse and was attacked with a garden tool from behind, I think he could have.

      However I do support their cause, and convinced this is a set up, but wonder really what team they are playing for.. Dis-information is a powerful force.



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  17. There is a facebook page called CSI LA community which is run by Thais. They are going over this case with every piece of evidence being looked at. I saw it on the Thai news and the authorities know their every move is being looked at and they're not happy about it. Young social media savvy Thai youngsters are very suspicious of what has been happening in this case. They even translate important posts so Farangs can follow them.

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  18. This is one of the most horrific, gruesome and evil murders that has happened to a Tourist in Thailand. Well saying this, it is the one that we know about because so many have gone missing without a trace. What makes this disgusting act more shocking is the Thai Police obviously do not care at all. They have know sense of empathy, responsibility or commitment to Justice.

    On top of this, if the real killers do not get brought to justice, how safe is that Island going to be for tourists? Because they obviously did this for some sort of revenge or kick.

    The whole world can tell that the two Burmese guys are being fitted up. They're about 4 foot tall, with know real physical frame to carry out these brutal attacks. This was carried out by physically strong and intoxicated evil killers, and maybe a gang of them.

    There was two 8 inch slices right through Hanna’s mouth and eye socket. I accidentally tumbled upon it on google images. It looked like something out of a horror film.

    I spent a month in Koh Tao 10 years ago and it was the most pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable parts of the world. The Thai people were lovely, accommodating and so warm. This has made me so sad and sick, because Thailand and humanity deserve better.

    The problem in Thailand is the has been week leadership for decades. This has caused corruption, greed and has not done anything to help the country become a truly united, and a fully educated country.

    If the head of the Junta does not step in and conduct a responsible, professional and fair investigation into these murders, Thailand will go done as a pariah state. It will lose so much respect. It will lose a lot of tourism, especially on Koh Tao. Who the Eff is going to stay there?

    Is anyone going to go there and relax, and not worry if they get hassled, or into an argument with someone who is being out of order in case they get brutally butchered or battered and thrown into the sea like the British guy Nick Pearson a few months ago.

    So there have been 3 Murders on Koh Tao and all three are being covered up.

    There should be a total boycott of this island. There should even be British, US and Australian police on both Koh Tao and Koh Phanang.

    THAILAND sort your country and corrupt police out. You need strong leadership who can direct your society in the way that Buddhism, and good and proper human practice deserves.

    JUSTICE, JUSTICE, JUSTICE, JUSTICE for the dead and their family and friends, and JUSTICE for the BURMESE.

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  19. Even if the DNA evidence matches. .couldn't the RTP just fabricated that as well? ?

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  20. If you're going to toss a phone why would you put it in a sealed plastic bag and leave it a few meters from your door.. I doubt they finger printed the phone and plastic bag.

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