Thaksin's son gives $275,000 reward to police to catch bomb suspect

Thaksin's son gives $275,000 reward to police to catch bomb suspect
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Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's son Panthongtae has handed Bt7 million ($275,000) to police that he offered as a reward to anyone with information leading to arrest of people behind the August 17 Erawan Shrine bombing, he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

But Panthongtae also noted certain suspicious points that remain unanswered in the police investigation that led to the arrests of two prime suspects allegedly involved in the fatal attack, which left 20 dead and more than 100 others injured.

He said on his Facebook page that his employees had given the money to the Royal Thai Police earlier yesterday.

"I have no worry about giving the Bt7 million reward. I have been ready [to do this] for so long," Panthongtae said in his post yesterday.

However, there were unanswered questions still in his mind. He said relevant authorities gave conflicting news about the investigation. He also alleged that there were attempts to link this bombing to domestic politics.

Panthongtae said he wanted Bt5 million to be given to police whose straightforward investigative work led to the arrests, and the remaining Bt2 million to any informant who gave information that led to the arrests.

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