Thailand indicts two Thailand bombing suspects

Thai military court charges two Bangkok bombers on 10 counts, none of them related with terrorism charges

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Police officers escort suspects in the Aug. 17 blast at Erawan Shrine, Bilal Mohammad, center front, and Mieraili Yusufu, rear center, as they arrive at a military court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

Updated Nov 25, 2015

A Thai military court charged two main suspects of the deadly blast which took place in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on 17 August, leaving 20 people dead and more than 120 injured.

The two suspects, identified as Bilal Mohammad and Mieraili Yusufu accused for their alleged roles in the bombing at Erawan Shrine which is a popular destination for thousands of tourists every year.  

The prosecutor indicted them on 10 counts connected to the blast, including premeditated murder and possession of explosives however terrorism was not among the charges, according to their defense lawyer Chuchart Kanpai.

Kanpai said that the pair identified themselves as Uighurs, an ethnic minority group from western China's Xinjiang region.

According to the officials, the bombing were carried out by a criminal network as a revenge to Thai police’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Bilal's name appeared as Adem Karadag on his fake Turkish passport which was seized during a raid on two apartments on August 29 in the outskirts of Bangkok.

Police believe that Bilal is the yellow-shirted man who appeared on the security footage following the deadly blast.

Thai police said Yusufu was from Xinjiang, based on his Chinese passport which was on him as he was detained in the same raid with Bilal. His DNA and fingerprints were found in both raided apartments, including on a container of gunpowder.

The pair, Bilal and Miarelli were in civilian custody on September 1 before their transfer to a military prison in Bangkok. The suspects remained there until the prosecutors prepared their case against them.  

Based on Thai legislation, defendants can be detained up to 84 days without any penalty notice.

TRTWorld and agencies