Police seek arrest warrant for 5th suspect in Sukhumvit blast

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BANGKOK, Feb 17 – Thailand’s police are collecting more evidence and information to ask the Court for approval to issue an additional arrest warrant, for a fifth suspect who may have been involved in the explosions in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area on Tuesday.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Anuchai Lekbumrung said Pol Gen Pansiri Prapawat, deputy national police chief overseeing the case, has ordered investigators to gather more evidence on the fifth suspect, a person who has connection with the four Iranians already been charged, as the CCTV captured images of him walking from the rental house where the first bomb exploded, apparently by accident.

According to the CCTV record, he had left the house at around 7-8am, and the first explosion occurred at a rented house in Sukhumvit 71’s Soi Pridi Panomyong 31 in the afternoon.

Thailand’s Criminal Court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for four Iranians on varied charges concerning Tuesday’s Bangkok bomb incidents

Two Iranian suspects were arrested earlier — Saeid Moradi, 28, who lost his legs from his own explosive device — and another suspect, Mohammad Hazaei, 42, who was taken into custody at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Tuesday while attempting to board a plane to Malaysia.

A third Iranian identified as Masoud  Sedaghatzadeh was arrested on Wednesday by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur.

Regarding a fourth suspect, also an Iranian national identified as Rohani Leila, Immigration Bureau Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Wiboon Bangthamai cited intelligence reports that she returned to the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Ms Rohani was identified as the person who rent the house at Sukhumvit 71’s Soi Pridi Panomyong 31.

On Thursday at 8pm, police from Khlong Ton police station, forensic experts, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit inspected room number 409 at Nasa Vegas Tower in Khlong Ton which Ms Rohani also rented.

After one hour of inspection, police found evidence which will be further analysed but no explosive substances or any explosive devices inside the room.