As trial ends, defendants in tourist murders on Thai island allege extensive torture by police

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The lawyer defending two Myanmar migrants in the murders of two British tourists on a Thai resort island has accused police of torturing and beating his clients in order to extract confessions.

Allegations of police torture are not new in Thailand. But in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, defense lawyer Nakhon Chompuchat gave extensive details about the alleged intimidation, physical violence and threats his clients faced. Police have denied they tortured the accused.

The trial for the murders of 24-year-old David Miller and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge ended Sunday. Nakhon said the judge gave him and the prosecutor until Oct. 26 to deliver their closing statements before giving his verdict Dec 24.

The couple's bodies were found Sept. 14 last year on the resort island of Koh Tao.