Police say more probes needed to charge bomb suspects with terrorism

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BANGKOK, 14 September 2015  – Police are deepening their investigation into last month’s bombings in Bangkok, with a view to concluding whether terrorism charges can be given to those responsible.

Metropolitan Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul chaired a meeting of the investigative team to follow up on the case surrounding the August 17th explosions at Ratchaprasong intersection and Sathorn Pier. He revealed that, based on evidence collected so far, the two incidents do not yet fit the bill as terrorist attacks.

Nonetheless, authorities are trying to confirm whether the items seized from suspects could be considered war weapons. If so, they would not hesitate to charge the wrongdoers with terrorism.

Concerning the recent arrest of three female suspects at an apartment in the Din Daeng area, Pol Lt Gen Srivara said the interrogation process has yet to be completed. According to him, the questioning is expected to take another 1-2 days, after which legal proceedings will be conducted should they be found to have any roles in the explosions.