Death row Myanmar pair ‘secretly’ moved to new Thai prison

26 December 2015
Death row Myanmar pair ‘secretly’ moved to new Thai prison
One of the two Myanmar migrant workers who are accused of the killing of two British tourists, Zaw Lin is escorted by a Thai police officer after they were sentenced to death at the Samui Provincial Court on Koh Samui Island, Surat Thani province, southern Thailand, 24 December 2015. Photo: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thai media is reporting that the two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death for the murders of two British tourists on Thailand's Koh Tao island have been "secretly" moved to a new prison.
Migrant workers activist Andy Hall reports: “Thai media confirm as we expected this morning's high security and secret transfer of Zaw Lin/Wai Phyo to Nakhon Si Thammarat Prison.”
Mr Hall said Koh Samui Governor Pornthip cannot for security reasons confirm the transfer at present.
The Migrant Worker Rights Network are said to be urgently liaising with defense lawyers to ensure the lawyers team can gain access to Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo next week to assess their incarceration conditions.
“MWRN remains committed to ensuring humanitarian support to both guys and ensuring their stein mental and physical health to fight the years of appeal of their death penalty conviction that will now follow,” said Mr Hall.
Protests have been held in Yangon outside the Thai embassy over the Dec. 24 verdict that found the two Myanmar nationals guilty of the murder of the two British tourists on Koh Tao island in September 2014. Questions have been raised by the defence team, other lawyers, and rights groups over the conduct of the case.
The defence team is working on an appeal.