Bangkok blast prosecution expected in two weeks

Bangkok, Oct 20 (IANS) Thai police have announced that prosecution of two men, Arrested for their suspected involvement in the deadly August 17 Bangkok shrine bombing, is expected in about two weeks, the media reported on Tuesday.

After a meeting with investigators on Monday, national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said the police are now “confident about the evidence” they have and expect the two suspects to be prosecuted in about two weeks, the Bangkok Post reported.

The bombing of the Erawan shrine at the Ratchaprasong intersection killed 20 people and injured about 140 others. A second explosion occurred at a Bangkok pier the following day, but caused no injuries.

Police arrested Bilal Mohammed in late August at an apartment in northern Bangkok with bomb materials. He identified himself as a Uighur Muslim and confessed that he was the bomber on August 17.

The second suspect, a Chinese man from Xinjiang known as Yusufu Mieraili, was arrested near the Cambodia border a week later.

The police said investigations will be resumed only if there are further arrests of suspects and discovery of new evidence.

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