Slain vic­tim’s sis­ter blasts probe, court

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - POST RE­PORTERS

The Courts of Jus­tice and po­lice have dis­missed con­dem­na­tion from Laura Witheridge, the sis­ter of Koh Tao rape and mur­der vic­tim Han­nah Witheridge, con­cern­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and trial.

They said ev­ery step of the probe was car­ried out trans­par­ently un­der the Thai jus­tice sys­tem.

Ms Witheridge claimed that judges and court of­fi­cials in­ap­pro­pri­ately said: “Why are you here? Why do you care? She [Han­nah] is dead al­ready.”

“Just go home and make an­other one [daugh­ter]. She will be back in 30 days as some­thing else, she may have bet­ter luck next time,” Ms Witheridge also quoted Thai of­fi­cials as say­ing to her par­ents.

Suebpong Sripongkul, spokesman of the Courts of Jus­tice, said yes­ter­day the trial of the case was trans­par­ent and pub­lic to all par­ties con­cerned, in­clud­ing the vic­tim’s fam­ily mem­bers.

“If the al­le­ga­tion [about the court’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner dur­ing the trial] was true, such in­for­ma­tion should have al­ready come out,” he said, adding that if the sis­ter has in­for­ma­tion as to which judges or court of­fi­cers acted in­ap­pro­pri­ately, she could file a pe­ti­tion via the Bri­tish em­bassy.

Ms Witheridge was writ­ing on her Face­book page on Sun­day af­ter learn­ing about the death of an­other Bri­tish na­tional, Luke Miller, 27. Miller was a tourist who was found dead in a ho­tel swim­ming pool last week.

She also wrote that she re­ceived sev­eral death threats from Thais and was sent de­faced pho­to­graphs of her­self.

Ms Witheridge claimed that her fam­ily was of­fered — and re­fused com­pen­sa­tion to keep quiet about the mur­der of her sis­ter.

She also said her fam­ily was en­ticed by Thai po­lice to their head­quar­ters with the prom­ise of up­dates on her sis­ter but were in­stead pa­raded in front of the press.

Royal Thai Po­lice deputy spokesman Song­pon Watthanachai said po­lice be­lieve in fair court pro­ceed­ings, adding the rul­ing was based on ac­tual facts and ev­i­dence col­lected from the crime scene.

“No of­fi­cials want to de­stroy their own coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion,” he said.

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