Thai police say first arrested suspect is Bangkok bomber

First arrested suspect admits to crime for Bangkok blast, says Thai police

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

First foreign suspect, Adem Karadag, arrested in an aparment raid on August 29

Updated Sep 26, 2015

Thai police said on Friday that the first suspect arrested with bomb materials in an apartment raid on Aug. 29, and identified as Adem Karadag by the police, admitted that he had planted the bomb at the Erawan Shrine.

National Police Spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said that Adem Karadag, the name written on his passport which was later proved to be fake, was responsible for the deadly blast in Bangkok last month.

"From evidence police showed him, he accepted the crime," Prawut told reporters.

Head of Bangkok police, Srivara Rangsi-Prammanaku also told reporters on Friday that they found enough evidence and witnesses to prove Adem Karadag, also known as Bilal Mohamed, was the man caught on the CCTV footage while planting the bomb at Erawan Shrine on Aug. 17.

Meanwhile, the National Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung said earlier on Friday that this confession would not stand up in court and more evidence was needed.

“The confession alone would not stand up in a trial,” he told reporters.

“We need to continue this investigation.”

Adem Karadag was the first suspect detained in connection with the bombing. He was arrested on Aug. 29 during an apartment raid for possession of dozens of fake Turkish passports and bomb-making materials.

The lawyer of the suspect, Choochart Khanphai, denied reports that his client had confessed to planting the device that killed 20 people in Bangkok.

He added that his client was not in the country at the time of the blast, he was just going to Malaysia passing through Thailanf for looking for a job.

“My client arrived in Thailand on Aug. 21, days after the bombing,” he told Anadolu Agency on Friday.

He added, “Muhammed knows nothing whatsoever about the bombing.”

The police investigation has so far focused on human trafficking gangs and the bombing was an act of revenge attack due to the crackdown on human trafficking in thailand.

Malaysian authorities said on Wednesday that they detained eight people suspected of being part of a human trafficking network, who may have helped the bomber escape across Thailand’s southern border with Malaysia.

Thai police also arrested another foreign suspect born in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, Yusufu Mieraili, in Sa Kaeo province, east of Bangkok on the border with Cambodia on Sept. 1.

Prawut said Karadag and Mieraili would take part in a police reconstruction of the Bangkok blast on Saturday.

TRTWorld and agencies