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Father of suspect Zaw Lin Oo, U Ko Tun Tun Htike arrives from Kyauk Phyu at Yangon International Airport on October 12. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima Father of suspect Zaw Lin Oo, U Ko Tun Tun Htike arrives from Kyauk Phyu at Yangon International Airport on October 12. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima
 
The parents of the Myanmar suspects accused of murdering two British tourists are now waiting for the issuing of visas by the Thai embassy in Myanmar in order to visit Thailand to meet their sons.

U Tin Htoo Aung, chairman of Rakhine National Network, told Mizzima on October 16: “The parents have received passports this morning to go to Thailand, but discussions are still being made with Thai officials to issue visas for them.”

The parents and an uncle of the accused men arrived in Yangon from Kyaukphyu Township on October 12 with the help of Rakhine social organizations.

Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin Oo, both 21, were arrested on October 3 over the murders of British tourists Ms Hannah Witheridge, 23, and Mr David Miller, 24, on the Thai resort island of Koh Tao on September 15.

U Zaw Aye Maung, Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs said: “I hope they would get visas soon. It is not a difficult process.”

Official sources said that the travel plans and security of the family members will be handled by the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok when they arrive in the kingdom.

Rights groups have raised concerns over the handling of the case and called an independent investigation into the murders.

 
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