Iranian formally charged in Thailand for blasts

An Iranian national was formally charged by the Thai Police for his alleged role in last week`s triple blasts.

Bangkok: An Iranian national was on Monday
formally charged by the Thai Police for his alleged role in
last week`s triple blasts that rocked central Bangkok in what
is seen as a botched attempt to target Israeli diplomats.

Mohammad Hazaei, who was arrested at Suvarnabhumi
International Airport last Tuesday while trying to flee to
Malaysia, was questioned at the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief Pansiri Prapawat, who is
heading the investigation, formally notified him of the joint
charges, with the other three suspects.

The charges include assembling explosive devices,
possessing explosive devices without a permit, and causing an
explosion injuring other persons and property.

Deputy National Police Chief Jarumporn Suramanee said the
DNA test showed links between Hazaei and evidence such as
clothes, hats and shoes collected from the rented house where
the first explosion took place.

He said the DNA test to determine connections with another
suspect Saeid Moradi, who lost both legs when his own
explosive device rebounded, has not yet been conducted.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants
for the fifth Iranian suspect in connection with the February
14 Bangkok bomb incidents.

The fifth suspect is a Middle Eastern man who may have
been involved in the blasts.

CCTV camera images showed him walking from the rented
house where the first explosion took place.

He was suspected of training other suspects to assemble

Police added that it could not be confirmed if the suspect
in was N Javad as was previously reported.

Police also declined to give more details about the
confiscation of a motorcycle near the explosion site.

They are probing if the bike could have been intended for
use in a bomb plot.

A third Iranian identified as Masoud Sedaghatzadeh was
arrested last Wednesday by Malaysian authorities in Kuala

The Thai authorities are working to conclude and translate
related documents to be submitted to Malaysia for the
suspect`s extradition to Thailand.

The fourth suspect is an Iranian national identified as
Leila Rohani, a woman who reportedly rented the house for the
group and returned to Tehran several days before the blasts.

Meanwhile, a Muslim academic yesterday warned the Thai
government that the country could be drawn into an
international conflict.

Sulaiman Husainee, director of Al Mahdi Institute, said
pressure would be mounting after Thailand recognised the right
of Palestinians to an independent state.

"I`d like to urge security authorities not to dance to the
tunes of the United States and Israel," he was quoted by the
local media as saying.

The February 14 explosions were linked to recent blasts in
India and Georgia.

The Iranian diplomatic mission here denied Iran was