Arrest warrant approved for 13th Bangkok bombing suspect


BANGKOK, 18 September 2015 – The Minburi Provincial Court has approved an arrest warrant for the 13th suspect involved in the 17 August bomb attack at Ratchaprasong area. 

Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt. Gen.Prawut Thavornsiri disclosed that the suspect was identified as Abdul Tawab. Initial findings indicated that Mr. Tawab who is married to a Thai woman knows another suspect, Yusufu Mierili.

(AP PhotoSakchai Lalit)

Mr. Tawab has been charged with illegal possession of unregistrable explosives and military weapons with other persons. The man is also believed to be a leading member of a human-trafficking ring and to have helped the culprits escape from the country.

Lt. Gen.Prawut added that National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang has assigned his deputy Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda to lead the investigation into the involvement of the 12 other suspects in the crime.

Meanwhile, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree said investigators were spending all-out efforts to track the culprits. He also asked those ever spotting irregularities possibly pertaining to the crime to give tip-offs to security officials.