The Courier-Mail

Cops grab bomber re­ward Thai po­lice cash in af­ter ar­rest for terror at­tack


BANGKOK: Thai po­lice have awarded them­selves a three mil­lion baht, or $84,000, re­ward of­fered to the public for tips lead­ing to the ar­rest of sus­pects in Bangkok’s deadly bomb­ing af­ter a man was ar­rested over the week­end in an apart­ment con­tain­ing bomb­mak­ing equip­ment.

Na­tional po­lice chief Somyot Poom­pan­moung said he was tak­ing the un­usual step of giv­ing the re­ward to the po­lice force both to mo­ti­vate his of­fi­cers and to show that Thai­land’s po­lice of­fi­cers (pic­tured) were good at their job.

“This money should be given to of­fi­cials who did their job,” he said at a news con­fer­ence as aides brought out stacks of 1000 baht notes.

On Satur­day, po­lice ar­rested a for­eigner who they say was al­legedly in­volved in the Au­gust 17 bomb­ing at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine that killed 20 peo­ple. The man was ar­rested at an apart­ment on the out­skirts of Bangkok where po­lice seized bomb­mak­ing ma­te­ri­als. He is in mil­i­tary cus­tody and has not yet been charged.

“This ar­rest, I con­firm, is due purely to the work of po­lice,” Mr Somyot said, deny­ing news re­ports that po­lice had acted on tips.

Since the bomb­ing, po­lice have faced crit­i­cism for their han­dling of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and send­ing con­tra­dic­tory mes­sages to the public.

Thai po­lice say they are seek­ing two new sus­pects – a Thai woman and a for­eign man of un­known na­tion­al­ity – in the widen­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The po­lice re­leased a photo o of the woman’s Thai iden­tifi- cation card and a sketch of the e man in a tele­vised an­nounce­ment yesterday. The woman is de­scribed as wear­ing a black k head­scarf but there has no o men­tion of her re­li­gion.

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