Myanmar national Win Zaw Tun (front) walks out of a prison transport van as he arrives at court for the start of his trial on the Thai resort island of Koh Samui on July 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Jerome TAYLOR
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The high-profile trial of two Myanmar migrants charged with killing two British holidaymakers opened Wednesday on the holiday island of Koh Samui, in a grim case that has tarnished Thailand's reputation as a tourist haven.Family members of the two British backpackers were also present for the opening of the trial, as the prosecution remains marred by allegations of a bungled investigation.After the trial started Wednesday Andy Hall, an activist for a migrants group helping to fund the pair's case, told AFP the judge will decide whether the defence can independently test the controversial forensic evidence against their clients on Thursday.The forensic material from the crime scene has been used by Thai police and prosecutors to insist they have charged the right men, saying it strongly points to the Myanmar pair as the perpetrators.The victims' families have also previously said they have confidence in the case after British investigators reported back to them following a visit to Thailand late last year.
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