Thailand's national police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung today insisted that there were no scapegoats for the murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao.
He also attacked individuals, saying they imagined such a thing in social media.
"If social media imagination obstructs police work, it should be avoided. I don't know about scapegoats before my time. For now, I follw the rules and there are no scapegoats. The public should have confidence in police as we follow the procedures and evidence," he said.
He was firm despite criticisms, mostly in social media, that the two Myanmar nationals arrested for the murder were scapegoats. During the meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday, President Thein Sein also stressed for a fair investigation.
The two accused are from Rambree Island and Kyaukphyu Township in Rakhine.
The arrests stirred protests by Myanmar nationals.
In a letter published on October 10 on its Facebook page, the Rakhine National Network has said it will send an open letter to Prayut, requesting that the case be re-examined, to find out the real culprits and to increase diplomatic cooperation between Thailand, Myanmar and Britain to resolve the case.
The group says in the letter that it wants the case to be reconsidered, as it believes the two Myanmar nationals – Zaw Linn and Win Zaw Tun – have been arrested unlawfully and they have been wrongly accused of the murder, which occurred in an area where many gangs operate.
Meanwhile, the parents of Win Zaw Tun who live in Kyaukphyu Township in Rakhine State have said they would like to go and meet their son in Thailand.
“After his mother read the report about the case in a newspaper, she cried a lot. She is very eager to go there to meet her son. She is very unhappy. But we have no money or no idea about how to go there,” said Tun Tun Htike, father of Win Zaw Tun.
Myanmar nationals living in Japan staged a protest recently in front of the Thai embassy in Tokyo, handing over an open letter to an embassy official, demanding that the Thai government find correct and strong evidence about the murder case.