Police in Thailand say they have gathered enough evidence to prosecute two arrested men whom they accuse of carrying out August’s deadly Bangkok bombing.
Malaysia has arrested six people suspected of being part of a human trafficking network and who may have helped a bomber who killed 20 people at a Bangkok shrine last month escape from Thailand police said on Wednesday. The lawyer said that his client is not the same person seen on the CCTV footage because he has a different shoulder size as compared to the man seen in the footage.
Once police knew the suspect had changed his shirt before returning by taxi to his apartment, they used the evidence to convince Mr Karadag to confess it was him, said the sources.
Somyot Poompanmoung blamed the blast on a gang of people-smugglers motivated by revenge for a crackdown on their lucrative trade, including the transfer of Uighurs.
“It is confirmed that Adem is the man in the yellow shirt based on CCTV footage, eyewitness accounts and his own confession”, Prawut said.
Police had also said they believed Mieraili conspired in the attack but did not detonate the bomb.
After the August 17 Erawan Shrine bombing in Bangkok, authorities fingered the yellow T-shirt man, issued a mug shot, arrested “Adem Karadag” – and now think these photos are all of one man – the actual bomber.
Police allegedly found bomb-making materials and fake passports there.
The new suspect is charged with illegal possession of explosives.
Armed police have accompanied two suspects in a reconstruction at the site of a bomb attack that left 20 dead and 120 injured in Bangkok.
This contradicts earlier statements from police that neither of two men were the main suspects for the attack.
Mieraili earlier admitted to the police that he had handed out the bomb in the backpack to his alleged partner at a spot outside Hualumpong railway station, about 5 km from the shrine.
Bilaturk’s lawyer, Chuchart Kanpai, denied again today that his client had confessed, according to DPA.
Somyot’s comments came after weeks of speculation by local media that the blast was in retaliation to Thailand’s deportation of more than 100 Uighurs – a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority from China’s Xinjiang province – in July.
Thai officials have strenuously avoided using the word Uighur largely, analysts say, for fear of putting off tourists or angering China – one of the ruling junta’s few worldwide friends.
The man has become more cooperative with the investigators and has given them more helpful information, the source said.