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Anonymous floods Thai gov websites to protest backpacker murder case
Murky allegations against local cops re-aired
Anonymous has blitzed Thai government websites in the latest phase of protests over the controversial conviction of two migrant workers for the murder of two British backpackers.
Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 22 and from Myanmar, were sentenced to death last month over the murder of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, on the beach resort island of Koh Tao back in September 2014.
The case is controversial because of allegations that the suspects only confessed under duress after being tortured by police.
Local police denied allegations of mistreatment, as well as criticism that they botched the investigation and mishandled evidence.
Street protests in Myanmar have being followed by attacks by elements of the Anonymous hacktivist collective against multiple Thai judicial websites on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
"Anonymous shuts down all Thai Court of Justice website in protest over the Koh Tao murder verdict. Anonymous is supporting the campaign to ask tourists to boycott Thailand," the group said.
Freedomhacker.net adds that Anonymous Thailand threateaned on Facebook that it was preparing a "huge leak of all Thai officials involved in corruption in Thai Courts”
Anonymous has already claimed responsibility for denial of service attacks on Thai police websites earlier this month as part of the same protests.
The victims’ families are split in their response. Miller's family is supportive of the Thai authorities while Witheridge’s sister has criticised the police investigation. ®