(From the Nation)
DNA tests show detainees not the bomber at Erawan shrine; police confident of their link to bomb-making
Yusufu Mieraili, the second suspect arrested in connection with last month’s Bangkok bombings, is not the prime suspect seen in yellow T-shirt on surveillance footage at the Erawan Shrine before the blast, police spokesman Pol Lt General Prawut Thavornsiri said.
Citing DNA test results, he said the suspect, who holds a Chinese passport, was not the person who left the explosive at the shrine that killed 20 people and injured more than 100 on August 17.
However, Prawut added that the man, who was arrested near the Thai-Cambodian border last weekend, was one of the persons allegedly involved in making the bomb in the Min Buri and Nong Chok districts of Bangkok, based on DNA and forensic evidence.
Prawut said Mieraili’s DNA was not identical to that found in a taxicab believed to have provided a ride to the prime suspect on his way to the Erawan Shrine on August 17. It’s also not identical to that found on a Bt20 banknote used by this person on that day.
However, Mieraili’s DNA is identical to that on explosive containers found at the Pool Anant apartment building in Nong Chok district and DNA found on a toothbrush and a nail cutter insider another apartment room in Min Buri district. Hence he is believed to be one of the bomb makers in the two Bangkok attacks.
“At this stage, there is no evidence showing this man as the person who left the bomb [at the Erawan Shrine], but we believe he is one of the team’s members, and he holds a Chinese passport,” Prawut said.
Mieraili is facing charges of illegally possessing explosive materials but police have not filed charges of manslaughter against him, he added.
Meanwhile, the military yesterday handed overAdem Karadag, another suspect in the Bangkok bomb blasts, to police custody after seven days in detention. At this stage, this suspect also faces the charge of illegally possessing bomb-making materials. Earlier DNA tests also showed that he was not the man who left the bomb at the Erawan Shrine, but police believed he was a member of the network that made the bombs for the Bangkok attack based on evidence found at his Pool Anant apartment in Nong Chok district. Read more