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Lawyer expresses doubts over new DNA test offer

Oct 31. 2014
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By Nyan Win Shein
Myanmar Eleve

Thailand's offer to conduct a new DNA test on two Myanmar suspects accused of murdering two British tourists on Koh Tao can create problem for the suspects, according to lawyer Aung Myo Than.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on October 29 that they have no problem to conduct a new DNA test if critics expressed doubts about the DNA results were not fair. If Thailand conducts a new DNA test, they have to inform the lawyers of the defendants in advance and he hasn’t received any letter from the Thai authorities, the lawyer told Daily Eleven. 
“Thai police should make sure to have concrete evidence before the suspects are charged in court as they may face the death penalty. The police submitted DNA test as the only evidence and not a single witness was present. That’s why Koh Samui prosecutors returned the case to Thai police to find further evidence.
“Now they want to conduct a DNA test again. We have to consult with the two defendants whether they want to go ahead with the second DNA test,” he said.
Myanmar ambassador officially asked for help from the Lawyers’ Council of Thailand on October 29 and a special delegation from Myanmar Embassy will visit the suspects at Koh Samui prison today. 

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