Bangkok blast: Police close to wrapping up case against suspects, hunt on for others

Bangkok blast: Police close to wrapping up case against suspects, hunt on for others
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Police have almost completed their investigation into the Erawan shrine bomb attack and may wrap up their enquiries next week, National Police Chief Pol General Jakthip Chaichinda said yesterday.

Jakthip said he would meet with Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt-General Sriwara Rangsiprammanakul next week to decide if the case against Bilal Mohammed and Mieraili Yusufu could be wrapped up. Police believed they had enough evidence to incriminate the two men, Jakthip said.

Meanwhile, investigators were hunting for the remaining suspects, including red-shirt fugitive Odd Payungwong.

Jakthip said police would not summon other red-shirt guards for questioning but they had not ruled out political motives in the attack.

Police are hunting for Zubair Abdullah, the "suspect in the blue shirt" whose image was captured by security cameras at the Sathorn pier after the initial bomb attack. Jakthip said he had resorted to a special search system to track down the suspect.

Police would also issue more arrest warrants soon, he added.

Jakthip vowed to fairly distribute Bt10 million (S$393,000) in rewards for anyone with information leading to the arrest of suspects in the case. Police are also checking the route of a huge amount of money they believe is being transferred into Thailand from foreign countries.

Meanwhile, two other suspects, Mohammed and Yusufu, were yesterday taken to the Military Court to seek the court's permission for their fourth detention round from October 8-19.

Police said they had yet to complete the investigation and the court granted them permission to extend the detention. The suspects were taken back to Nakhon Chaisri's temporary remand facility.

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