Bangkok Bombing: Thai Police Arrest Suspect In Erawan Shrine Blast


bangkok-bombing Thai authorities said that a man arrested in connection with the Bangkok bombing possessed illegal explosives and a fake Turkish passport, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.ibtimes.com/bangkok-bombing-thai-police-arrest-suspect-erawan-shrine-blast-2073997

Tourism unaffected by deadly Bangkok bomb


2015-08-24T123909Z_01_CST202_RTRIDSP_3_THAILAND-BLAST-24-08-2015-16-08-28-113 The majority of those killed were ethnic Chinese worshippers from across Asia, who flocked to the shrine in large numbers despite it being devoted to the Hindu god Brahma in the belief that prayers there bring good fortune.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2015/08/25/Tourism-unaffected-by-deadly-Bangkok-bomb

In absence of solid leads, Bangkok officials debate if security cameras are working or not


The investigation into Bangkok’s deadly bombing turned into a blame game after police said their progress was hindered by faulty security cameras and city hall shot back Tuesday, insisting the cameras are not the problem.

In the absence of solid leads into who carried out Thailand’s deadliest attack in recent history, a debate has emerged about the street-side cameras and whether they are working or not.

http://www.startribune.com/bangkok-bomber-probe-security-cameras-work-says-city-hall/322788671/

Thailand’s investigation of deadly Bangkok bombing dogged by unsavory police legacy


Investigating a crime with little forensic evidence, no clear motive and no claim of responsibility — like the Bangkok bombing that killed 20 people — would challenge anyone. Yet the Royal Thai Police department is handicapped even in the best of circumstances by a legacy of corruption, brutality and political influence.

The absence of a suspect identified by name — or even nationality — has fueled criticism of the investigation into the Aug. 17 attack at a popular central Bangkok shrine. Police are accused of failing to secure forensic evidence and issuing wrong or misleading information to the public. Some question their competence, or speculate that the military government that seized power last year may not want the real culprits to be found.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/08/25/thailand-investigation-deadly-bangkok-bombing-dogged-by-unsavory-police-legacy/

Bangkok Bomber Probe: Security Cameras Work, Says City Hall


The investigation into Bangkok’s deadly bombing turned into a blame game after police said their progress was hindered by faulty security cameras and city hall shot back Tuesday, insisting the cameras are not the problem.

In the absence of solid leads into who carried out Thailand’s deadliest attack in recent history, a debate has emerged about the street-side cameras and whether they are working or not.

The national police chief first raised the matter on Monday, saying 15 of 20 security cameras along the main suspect’s getaway path were broken, leaving police with incomplete and blurry pictures that forced them to use their “imagination” to piece together his movements.

Police chief Somyot Poompanmoung also said that police lacked high-tech equipment to clarify images of the suspect, who is seen in a fuzzy video leaving a backpack at the scene of the blast in central Bangkok minutes before the explosion.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/bangkok-bomber-probe-security-cameras-work-city-hall-33298989

Bangkok bombing: claim of broken CCTV adds to investigators’ woes


3488 The claim by the country’s police chief is the latest setback to a haphazard investigation in which police and politicians have released contradictory information. Days have passed with few new clues about who planned the country’s deadliest bomb attack in recent history or why.

The national police chief, Somyot Poompanmoung, told reporters that authorities also lacked high-tech equipment used on the popular TV crime series CSI to clarify blurry footage of the suspect, who was seen in grainy video dropping a bag at the scene of the blast minutes before the explosion.

“Have you seen CSI?” Somyot asked reporters. “We don’t have those things.

“The perpetrator was driving away escaping and there are CCTV cameras following him. Sometimes there were 20 cameras on the street but only five worked. Fifteen were broken. For whatever reason, they didn’t work.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/25/bangkok-bombing-broken-security-cameras-add-to-investigators-woes