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Thailand to 'allow' second DNA test for British murder accused

A British police officer (C) is accompanied by Thai counterparts as they inspect the Sairee beach, Koh Tao murder scene, southern Thailand, 25 October 2014. EPA/STR

Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's premier said on October 29 that police will allow two Myanmar men accused of killing a pair of British tourists on a Thai island to have another DNA test, as questions mount over the murder probe.

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Father of Koh Tao Accused Describes Threats Against His Son

Parents of the Koh Tao murder suspects visit the Koh Samui provincial legal department office on Friday. (Photo: Min Oo / The Irrawaddy)

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Tun Tun Hteik, the father of Win Zaw Htun, one of two Burmese suspects in the Koh Tao murder case, told The Irrawaddy on Friday of threats made against his son by Thai police that led to his confession.

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Arms trafficking continues across Myanmar's borders - Police

Illegal arms trafficking continues to enter Myanmar across Indian and Thai border areas, according to police officials.

Police Brig-General Soe Myaing, in charge of transnational crime investigations, said on August 22 that such illegal trade is going to armed groups. Some come all the way from Cambodia.

"Some neighbouring countries are selling the weapons illegally to armed groups. We also know that weapons from the war in Cambodia are being illegally imported to Myanmar. Thats why our respective regional police forces are now checking those illegally trade of arms," said Soe Myang.

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ICRC helps guide police policies in Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it started a four-day seminar on policing standards with security forces in Myanmar.

"This landmark seminar demonstrates our willingness to expand our work in Myanmar," Jurg Montani, the ICRC's head of delegation in Myanmar, said in a statement. "We look forward to developing a professional dialogue with senior commanders this week through sharing experiences and best practices."

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Police investigate complaint against general

Police in Nay Pyi Taw say they expect to complete an investigation this week into complaints that a prominent general pulled a gun on farmers when tensions boiled over in a long-running land dispute.

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