UK backpackers murdered in Thailand
Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, murdered in Thailand in September, 2014

Hacking collective Anonymous has taken down a dozen websites belonging to the Thai police in protest against the "scapegoating" of two Burmese men convicted of killing British backpackers, Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand. Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were sentenced to death on 24 December for their murders, despite an international outcry over the handling of the investigation.

The group posted a video on Facebook showing its signature white masked man seeking justice for the murders in the right way and not by 'scapegoating' migrants. They said that after studying various online reports from bloggers around the world, their findings led to alleged corruption involving the Royal Thai Police and their lack of skills and professionalism in investigating serious crimes.

Koh Tao Murder - Thai Police, their scapegoats and tourist t...

Koh Tao Murder - Thai Police, their scapegoats and tourist trade - Exposed by AnonymousThis video goes into the deep facts of the recent Koh Tao Island murder of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.Recently a lower Thai court had sentence Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin to death for the murder of David and Hannah.Many bloggers and internet users online had said that these two Burmese migrants were actually scapegoats.Anonymous has looked into this very bizarre island and this murder case.Our findings are disgusting as we have discovered some very ugly corruption involving the Royal Thai Police and their lack of skills and competency with professional investigating serious crimes.The Thai Police have used scapegoats before and set people up in the past only to have been caught out.Their tourism trade is high on their protection list however anonymous has now put Thailand on High Alert.These findings Anonymous has found are shocking and pathetic to say the least.It is clear to Anonymous that this rape and murder case involving Hannah Witheridge and David Miller is far from perfect with their conviction.Below are the many links we used for our research and we will continue to follow this case on into the future for any further developments.Transcript: viewing this video if you feel there is evidence of Thai Police corruption and that these two Burmese boys have been used as scapegoats, the we encourage you to sign this petition below. Tao Crime Photos: about the Koh Tao murder case on the 15th Sept 2014 Tao Murders | Call for justice in the investigation & judicial procedure police officers give contradictory evidence at Hannah Witheridge murder trial Tao murder trial: Defendents did not have representation during interrogations, court hears: Tao ‘murderers’ were tortured, says Burmese embassy lawyer: motorbike gang mugged British women night before backpacker couple were murdered on Koh Tao island: Tao Suspicious Crimes & Deaths: backpacker murders: Burmese workers sentenced to death: beach murders: Burmese suspect claims he was beaten, tortured by police: Thailand - David Miller, 24, & Hannah Witheridge, 23, Koh Tao, 15 Sep 2014 now rule out Koh Tao headman’s son a murder suspect, turn to foreign tourists in the probe: Tao headman offers one million baht cash if evidence proves his family implicated in the tourist murder: Zaw Rim, Win ‘murdered’ Koh Tao backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller twist in murder of two Brits in Koh Tao: DNA test for Koh Tao AC Bar owner’s son Tao: Suspects found guilty of murdering British backpackers – Putting a Suspect to Rest: tourist murder suspect now arrested, another on the run: LA: Facebook OLD WOUNDS, SOME NEW ONES, COME TO THE FORE AS CONTROVERSIAL MURDER TRIAL ROW CONTINUES: of Koh Tao Island Chief Denies Role In Britons' Murder: jones:Murdered backpacker Kirsty Jones: Mum says Foreign Office prioritising diplomacy over justice for daughter of murdered backpacker Kirsty Jones accuses Foreign Office of putting diplomacy ahead of her quest for answers: Kirsty Jones Part III: Scapegoating: Bourke & Sheri McFarlane:Hill-tribe men 'set up' for rape, murder of Aussies: sentence for Thai men who killed Australian: still swirls over 2000 Aussie backpacker murder: sentence for Australian's slaying Murder: Pearson:Thailand beach death: Parents convinced son murdered – and his killing covered up to protect tourism Annesley:Graduate, 23, died in Thailand just two weeks into a four month backpacking trip and only days after tweeting she had a chest infection and was taking Valium young British backpacker dies on Thai island of Koh Tao: Tao autopsy raises medication + alcohol suspicions (updated) Povse:Frenchman found hung in Koh Tao: foul play suspected: its spectacular turquoise water, lush jungles and laid-back vibe, the tiny island of Koh Tao seems like paradise. Criminologist Doubtful in Koh Tao Hanging Suicide of Dimitri Povse: man hanged on Koh Tao with hands tied handled as suicide: #Thailand #RoyalThaiPolice #DavidMiller #HannahWitheridge #KelvinBourke #WaiPhyo #ZawLin#SheriMcFarlane #KirstyJones #NickPearson #InTouchResort #AcBar #MontriwatToovichien #ChristinaAnnesley #DimitriPovse #WoratTuwichian#WoraphanTuwichian #SeanMcAnna #ThaiCorruption #Burma #DrPorntip #TeerawutPhomhaan #Corruption#ThaiMafia

Posted by We Are Anonymous on Sunday, 3 January 2016

On 6 January, seven of the websites were down and two links showed a black screen with the words "Failed Law. We want Justice. #BoycottThailand" written in white text. The group said it would support a boycott of Thailand until changes are reflected in the way the Thai police handle investigations involving foreign tourists.

The group, which has led a number of hacks in the past, including those against Islamic State (Isis) sites, also posted a link for everyone to see what it called the proof and research it had gathered for reaching its conclusion of wrongful conviction. It urged people to sign a petition for an independent inquiry into the murders.

Crime and tourism

The group cited past murder cases in Thailand in which police first accused non-Thais who were later acquitted. The police allegedly chose to blame foreigners or migrants for crimes to protect the tourism industry, as damaging the reputation of locals might deter tourists from choosing the country for holidaying.

Since the verdict, there has been international outrage, especially from Myanmar, where protesters showed solidarity with the two migrants who they think have been wrongly accused. Even before the verdict, the case had drawn criticism for the way in which forensic evidence was handled, given that DNA tests conducted solely by the Thai police were considered.

Human rights activists have maintained that the migrants were forced into confessing so that the police could wrap up the case. The families of both Hannah Witheridge and David Miller have said they are satisfied with the verdict.