Thailand murders: Burmese suspects retract confession

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This combination of handout images created from undated images received from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 16, 2014 shows British students, Hannah Witheridge (L) and David Miller (R). Thai police on September 16, 2014 ruled out three Myanmar workers in connection with the murder of two young British tourists, as Thailand's military ruler appeared to call into question the "behaviour" of the victims themselves. The bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, arrived in Bangkok late September 16, 2014 for forensic examination. They were found naked and beaten to death early September 15, 2014 near a beachside bungalow on the island, a diving hot-spot near Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. AFP PHOTO/FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE -RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-HO/AFP/Getty Images

Two men who confessed to killing David Miller and Hannah Witheridge now deny even being at the scene (Picture: Enterprise News And Pictures)

Two men who admitted to the killings of British backpackers David Miller and Hannah Witheridge on the Thai island of Koh Tao have spectacularly retracted their confessions, their lawyers say.

The two migrant workers from Myanmar (Burma) were named as suspects soon after the bodies of the two tourists were found on Sairee beach on the idyllic holiday island.

But the pair’s lawyers have now said that their clients did not kill Ms Witheridge, 23, or Mr Miller, 24, nor did they see what happened.

Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission said on Monday that Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun were physically abused by the police, while UK officials have repeatedly expressed concerns about the quality of the investigation into the deaths.

The two men are charged with conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to rape, and robbery and, if charged, they could face the death penalty.

Post-mortem examinations found Mr Miller died from drowning and a blow to the head, while Ms Witheridge died from head wounds.

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