• The suspects are accused of planting the bomb in a temple in Bangkok that killed 20 people and wounded 125, on August 17, 2015.
  • The jucio was postponed for lack of translators; the views will resume on September 15 with the start of the statements of police as prosecution witnesses.
  • Both defendants deny any involvement in the attack and denounce torture.

Attempted Thailand

the trial of the two accused of planting the bomb in a temple in Bangkok that killed 20 people and wounded 125 a year ago, in the worst attack in Thailand, should have started Tuesday in a military court of China, although it was postponed for lack of translators.

the suspects are Mohamad Bilal and Yusufu Mieraili, identified as Uighurs, a Muslim minority the Chinese region of Xinjiang, and charged in November with 10 counts, including conspiracy, premeditated murder and possession of explosives.

Both denied any involvement in the attack of 17 August 2015 in the central temple Erawan of the capital and reported that their confessions made previously during the investigation of the facts were obtained under torture.

the defendants were trasladaos in a van from the military base where they are locked up for a year before appearing before three military judges, who moments later suspended the hearing until next month for lack of a translator.

the judges accepted the defense request to change the interpreter after that the former, a man of Uzbek nationality, was arrested in June accused of drug trafficking and may have fled to seize the bail. The views will resume on September 15 with the start of the statements of police officers as witnesses for the prosecution.

Bilal, also known as Adem Karadag and in whose house found false passports and material to make explosives, he has been accused of being the man who was recorded by security cameras while placed the bomb under a bench in the temple.

Police believed to have been Mieraili which would have detonated moments after the bomb in the religious compound, located in the center of the shopping area of ​​Bangkok.
in a statement released by his lawyer, Bilal said he was a illegal immigrant trying to reach Malaysia to find work when police raided the apartment where he was hiding.

the then head of the Thai Police, Somyot Pumpanmuang declared closed the case on February 11, 2016 but so far the authorities have offered a convincing explanation of why the attack. Police attributed it to a retaliation by organized crime groups for alleged police campaign against human trafficking.

An attack full of questions

research, full of irregularities and contradictory statements by the police and the military junta, fueled various speculations about the motives behind action that has not yet been claimed.

theories linked the attack to deportation a month before China a hundred Uighurs hoped to travel to Turkey to seek asylum, hypothesis fueled by the fact that the temple is very popular among Chinese tourists.

the authorities refused from the outset to consider what happened in Erawan as a terrorist attack, not to scare away tourism and rejected the interpretation involving the Uighur minority.

the trial started less than two weeks after a wave of bombings caused four deaths and 35 injured, ten of them foreigners, in tourist sites six southern provinces of the country.

Police believe that these actions, which have also not been claimed, were carried out by more than 20 people “not fichadas” of the Muslim region of most Malaysian southern end of the country, where for 12 years rages a separatist insurgency.

the military junta, however, attributed them to politically motivated unidentified and ruled out the eventual responsibility of the Muslim insurgency despite the existence of evidence and methodology point to that possibility, according to some experts.