Appeal against death penalty for two Myanmar citizens to go to Thai King today

NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - An appeal will be submitted to the Thai King on October 24 against the death penalty for the two Myanmar citizens for the Koh Tao murder in Thailand.

The prayer ceremony is first to take place on October 24 but the permission has to be sought 48 hours ahead according to the peaceful assembly and peaceful procession law.

"It's true the date has been changed. I now have come back from Kyauktada Police Station. The date has to be changed because we did not seek permission 48 hours in advance. The place and the time are set as before. There will be no limited number of attendees. This is not a protest. It is just a prayer for the two young men so the Thai King can reduce their sentence," said Htoo Chit working for the murder case.

The aim of sending an appeal to the Thai King is not for their acquittal but for commuting the death sentence, according to a press conference held at Lotte Hotel in Yangon on September 23.

Koh Samui Court gave the death sentence to the two Myanmar migrant workers, Win Zaw Tun and Zaw Lin, on December 24, 2015.

An appeal was filed on January 2017 but the district court dismissed it and approved the sentence. Again, an appeal was filed to the Thai High Court and it was again turned down on August 29 this year.

Campaigns were conducted at Asean civil society conference and Asean people's forum in 2019 for the release of the two Myanmar citizens.   

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