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A Thai / foreign couple have been arrested by Interpol for their alleged role in the Bangkok bombings. 20 people died in the blast, many more were injured.
While deputy police Chief Pol General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul declined to reveal the names of those arrested other sources suggest the female is from Phang Nga, while her husband is from Turkey. Srivara did say however that the suspects were currently being detained in another country, Thailand is working on bringing them back to face legal action. Arrest warrants for the couple were issued soon after the bombing when it was discovered they rented out an apartment to one of the prime suspects in the case.
Initially, in a telephone interview with the media reportedly from Turkey the female said she had nothing to do with the bombings and was happy to return to testify. Reports suggest that she was arrested after overstaying her visa in Turkey, her husband’s passport is said to be fake.
The couple left Thailand via Phuket on July 1st. Further investigations showed that the female had gone to Cambodia at the Sa Kaew border in May last year and then into Malaysia across the border at Sadao in October. The warrant for her arrest accuses the woman of renting a room to a bomb suspect after police found materials including bolts, gunpowder and fertilizers in the room, she has also been charged with being in possession of war weapons without permission. Financial records show that a group of seven foreigners including Chinese and Turkish nationals had transferred more than one million baht to foreigners in Thailand including the woman’s husband. Further evidence then emerged that the funds had been spend on bomb making materials.