Malaysia to extradite Iranian who fled Thailand after Bangkok attack
Bangkok Post says Thai authorities issue warrants for the arrest of 4 Iranian nationals, day after Israel envoy said botched bombing was meant to target Israeli officials.
Malaysia is set to extradite an Iranian national arrested over suspected links to a attempted bomb attack in Bangkok earlier this week, a report stated on Thursday.
The report came after, on Wednesday, Israeli Ambassador to Thailand Itzhak Shoham said the bombs discovered in a Bangkok house after a series of blasts in the Thai capital were similar to those used in attacks on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia, adding that "we can assume from the other experiences that we were the target."
Four Thai civilians were wounded in Bangkok in a series of blasts that began Tuesday when a cache of explosives ignited at a house, apparently by mistake. One explosion blew off the leg of an Iranian who had fled, carrying what looked like grenades.
The bombs discovered in a Bangkok house after a series of blasts in the Thai capital were similar to those used in attacks on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia, the Israeli ambassador said Wednesday.
Iran denied any involvement in the three bomb blasts which took place a day earlier in Bangkok and which have been linked to three Iranian nationals.
Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, speaking to the Bangkok Post report on Thursday, said that another Iranian national, who succeeded in fleeing Thailand to Malaysia, will be extradited to Thailand for further investigation.
According to the report, Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh was arrested on Wednesday by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur, after he had fled Thailand in an attempt to catch a flight to Iran.
The report also stated that arrest warrants for all four Iranian nationals suspected to have been involved in the attempted bombing have been issued.
Saeid Moradi, the report stated, who was severely injured, following what seemed like an accidental exposition of one of his bombs and lost his legs was being treated in Bangkok's Chulalongkorn Hospital.
A second suspect, Mohummad Hazaei was detained at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport while attempting to flee the country. A fourth suspect, Rohani Leila, is believed to have been in charge of renting the suspects' house in the Thai capital, and reportedly succeeded in retuning to Iran.
The report of the upcoming extradition comes following another report earlier Thursday relating to the attempted attacks on Israeli officials in Bangkok, Tbilisi and New Delhi.
According to the Times of India, not only did Israel not have knowledge of a planned attack against Israeli nationals, but Mossad chief Tamir Pardo in fact visited the Indian capital just days prior to the bombing, saying Israelis felt safer in India than in Turkey or South America.