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Iranian Embassy helps Bangkok Bombing Suspect




Masoud Sadaghat Zadeh, in custody since Feb 15, has not provided much information


CHIANGRAI TIMES – Iranian bomber Masoud Sadaghat Zadeh is expected to fight his extradition to Thailand when his case comes up for mention at the Jalan Duta magistrate’s court here on March 15.

It was learnt that he had been given access to Iranian embassy officials here last week.

It is now believed that Masoud will fight the extradition order with the help of a counsel appointed by the embassy.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said Masoud was taken to court on Thursday, where police obtained a 60-day remand order.

“He can claim trial to challenge the extradition order. If he chooses not to challenge the order, then he will be extradited to Thailand immediately.”

Masoud, 31, in custody here since Feb 15, has not provided much information to interrogators. They have described him as well-trained in handling interrogations.

He was arrested at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang after Thai authorities raised the alert following several bombings in Bangkok a day earlier.

Masoud was nabbed while waiting to catch a flight back to Teheran. He was initially probed for immigration offences.

On Feb 23, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Thai authorities had formally requested for Masoud’s extradition.

The Thai embassy here had sent the request via Wisma Putra on Wednesday, which was then forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Masoud and his two accomplices were reported to be part of an assassination team whose targets were Israeli diplomats, including the Israeli ambassador to Thailand.

One of the men, identified as Saeid Morati, 28, lost both his legs when an explosive device he threw at a police car exploded near him. The other suspect was nabbed as he attempted to board a flight out of Thailand.

Thai police had said explosives and magnets were found inside a house in a residential area of Bangkok, where the first blast occurred, shattering windows and causing the roof of the building to collapse.

The incident in Bangkok followed two similar attacks against Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia on Monday, in what was believed to be a terror campaign against Israel.

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