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Men deny murdering British tourists

Two migrant workers from Burma have pleaded not guilty to charges that they killed two British tourists on the popular resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand.

Nakorn Chompoochart, the lawyer for the two, said they had made their pleas today in a court on nearby Samui island.

The bodies of 24-year-old David Miller, from Jersey, and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, were found on September 15 on a Koh Tao beach. Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 21, faced several charges relating to the deaths.

They deny the charges and say that confessions they have since retracted were extracted through beatings and threats, which police deny. The trial's first hearing is scheduled for February 25.

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