Na wa o! A key suspect in last month’s deadly Bangkok bombing was reportedly transferred on Monday to police custody after a week of military interrogation, and was asked to acknowledge the charge against him before police and the media.
As flashbulbs went off, police introduced an unusual twist to the routine by asking the suspect whether or not he was guilty of the charge of co-possession of illegal explosives, as stated in his arrest warrant. The suspect, identified Monday as Yusufu Mierili, responded through a translator: “Guilty.” It is not clear whether the apparent confession would carry legal weight in a court. Mierili, who was arrested last Tuesday near the Thai-Cambodia border, has not yet been formally charged.
Police say they found his DNA or fingerprints in two apartments that were raided a week ago by police on the outskirts of Bangkok, including a container of gunpowder. Police say both apartments contained bomb-making materials, and one had more than 200 fake Turkish passports.