Iranian suspect to be extradited to Thailand

Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 23:11

Bangkok: Thailand on Thursday said that an Iranian
national suspected to be involved in the botched bomb plot
here will be extradited from Malaysia.

Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, a suspect in Tuesday`s triple
bomb explosions was central Bangkok was arrested yesterday
by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur.

"The court approved his arrest warrant so the National
Police Office will refer the case to the Attorney General`s
Office to coordinate for his extradition," police
chief Phrewphan Dhamapong said. "We will expedite the
process."

Malaysian police chief Ismail Omar said the Iranian
was arrested under provisions of the Immigration Act of
Malaysia following information provided by Thai authorities.

He had fled Thailand and was attempting to catch a
plane to Iran. The arrest of Zadeh at Kuala Lumpur`s airport
showed Malaysia was "very serious and committed" to addressing
the threat of terrorism, its Home Minister Hishammuddin
Hussein said in Kuala Lumpur.

"The authorities of this country will never allow
Malaysia to become a location, base, or transit point for
terrorists or individuals who are wanted by any other
country," he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Thailand Foreign minister Surapong
Tovichachaikul said Thai police were already working with
Malaysian authorities for the extradition of the suspect.

Bangkok Criminal Court yesterday approved warrants
for the arrest of four Iranians in connection with the
incident.

Saeid Moradi, 28, was severely injured, losing both
legs, and is now being treated at Chulalongkorn Hospital.

Mohummad Hazaei, 42, was detained at the airport
here on Tuesday night while attempting to board a plane to
Malaysia.

The fourth suspect, Rohani Leila, is believed to
have rented the house where the first explosion occurred.

She was reported to have already returned to Tehran.
Asked whether Thailand would be stricter in
issuing visas to foreigners, r Surapong said Iranians would
have to apply for a visa from the Thai embassy in Tehran.

He said the Iranian suspects applied for their visas
through a tour company. He had ordered officials to compile a
list of tour companies and to be stricter in screening visa
applicants.

He also said four more countries - Italy, Norway,
Israel and Taiwan - had issued a travel warning to their
citizens to be careful in visiting public places in Thailand,
in addition to 10 countries which had done so earlier.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 09:17

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