The investigation into the terrorist attack in Bangkok focused Sunday on the interrogation of the suspect foreigner arrested Saturday, the police focusing on the trail of a network of traffickers false papers to international terrorism.
The investigators hope to finally make the light on this attack is unprecedented in Thailand, which remains not claimed, nearly two weeks after.
The army holds the man, who was travelling with a Turkish passport, a military site that was kept secret.
“It has allowed the police to participate in the examination with a translator,” said to AFP the army chief, general Udomdej Sitabutr, having expressed regret that “the interrogation is not progressing” in the morning.
“We believe that he speaks English and other languages,” said the spokesman of the national police, Prawut Thavornsiri, in front of the press, ensuring work “with various embassies, he might be a citizen”, but never mention the Turkey, which the man had dozens of passports.
In parallel, the investigators analyze the evidence met the day before during his arrest in an apartment in a distant suburb of Bangkok, traces of DNA on her clothes (which have already been discovered on the eve of traces of TNT), and data on their phone.
The army chief has assured that the thai authorities were now “safe to 100 % of his involvement” in the attack, which killed 20 people and more than 120 injured in the centre of Bangkok on the 17th of August, but without being able yet to establish its exact role.
Beyond that, the police announced the setting under the supervision of a thousand cell phones and has organised several raids on Sunday in the same suburb, under the cameras of the journalists, in vain.
“We can’t just stop someone and know his mobile immediately,” pleaded Prawut.
The contradictory statements of the police
“But the chief of the national police think that this is due to the anger of some groups who are not happy with the repression of their activities of smugglers of migrants and suppliers of fake passports,” insisted the spokesperson.
After having mentioned assumptions varied for two weeks, the last track to be preferred is that of a group of traffickers specialized in the manufacture of fake passports, wishing to avenge himself against the repressive policies of the junta came to power in Thailand after the military coup of may 2014.
The national police chief, Somyot Poompanmoung, spoke Saturday evening in a private quarrel”, saying “unlikely that it was an international terrorist”.
The suspect “had more than 200 fake passports” during his arrest, “it is a network that creates false identities” and using of illegal migrants in transit “to third countries,” said the spokesman of the police Sunday.
The police and the junta have repeatedly ruled out the possibility that the attack was the work of an international terrorist group, but some of their statements have then seemed less affirmative.
Adding to the doubts about the seriousness of the thai authorities, they have admitted on Sunday that had been released by mistake a photo of jacket bomber at the official announcement of the arrest of the man on Saturday.
While the spokesperson of the junta announced the arrest of a man Saturday afternoon on the public channels television, has aired a photo of a jacket kamikaze, with loads integrated connected by electrical wires.
“The image has nothing to do with the bomb”, has finally announced the police on his Twitter account. This photo was published in 2013 on the website of the american agency in charge of airport security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Accustomed to the prolonged political crisis, Thailand has experienced several episodes of violent protests, but never bomb of this type, as have been able to know of the countries of the region targeted by islamic militants.