Thai police say arrests made abroad in connection with Bangkok bomb

BANGKOK Thai police mentioned on Thursday that suspects wanted in connection with a bomb that ripped through a Bangkok shrine, killing 20 folks, have been arrested abroad and that Thailand was in the process of requesting their extradition.

Much more than 120 folks were wounded in the August blast, the worst peacetime bombing in Thailand’s history.

So far, arrest warrants have been issued for 17 individuals in connection with the attack. Police have stated numerous are thought to have fled abroad.

“We have caught a lot more people with arrest warrants out for them in connection to this case, such as Thais and foreigners, but they are at the moment abroad and we are in the procedure of working with the lawyer common and foreign affairs ministry to bring them to Thailand,” Police Lieutenant Common Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul, deputy national police chief, told reporters.

“I cannot give a lot more details on this as it is a sensitive matter and could effect diplomatic relationships.”

There has been strong criticism of the police investigation due to the fact couple of facts have been clearly established. Authorities have been also accused of failing to seal off the crime scene properly and quickly hosing down the pavement just before forensic evidence was recovered.

It was not right away clear if those detained would return to Thailand to appear in court.

Two suspects arrested in Thailand have been indicted by a military court final month and are presently being held at a Bangkok military base. Ten charges have been brought against the pair, including illegal possession of weapons, premeditated murder and murder for the bombing.

Documents sent by prosecutors to the military court say the two guys are Chinese nationals from the Muslim Uighur minority.

The men will formally hear the charges against them in February.

Police have stated that the blast was in retaliation for a crackdown on human smuggling gangs earlier this year. They ruled out any link to the repatriation of 109 Uighurs to China in July.

The Uighurs are a Turkic-language speaking group that calls China’s western Xinjiang area property. Some Turks see themselves as sharing cultural and religious bond with their Uighur “brothers”.

The Uighur situation is sensitive for the Thai government and any hyperlink among the bomb and the deportation of men and women at China’s behest could expose it to censure that its foreign policy led to the bomb attack.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre Editing by Nick Macfie)

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