Southeast Asia | Chinese Uighur was forced to confess role in Bangkok blast, says lawyer

Chinese Uighur was forced to confess role in Bangkok blast, says lawyer

February 15, 2016 2:50 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

A Chinese ethnic Uighur man arrested in Thailand over a bombing that killed 20 people in Bangkok last year denied on Monday charges of murder or involvement in the attack, retracting an earlier confession his lawyer said he was tortured into making.

Bilal Mohammed, also known as Adem Karadag, being escorted to the military court in Bangkok in this file photo
Adem Karadag being escorted to the military court in Bangkok in this file photo

Adem Karadag, also known as Bilal Mohammed, is due to appear at a military court on Tuesday, along with a second suspect, Yusufu Mieraili, to formally hear the charges. Police said both men had confessed to having a role in the Aug. 17 explosion.

A lawyer for Karadag said his client was coerced into confessing that he took part in the attack. Most of the victims were foreign tourists, raising concerns that the country’s lucrative tourist industry could suffer.

“At the time, he was tortured and under pressure. That is why he confessed to the charges against him,” lawyer Schoochart Kanpai said after visiting Karadag in detention. Read More

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