Thailand: Two Iranian Muslims convicted of jihad bomb plot against Israeli diplomats

“Israeli and Thai officials have said the plot was aimed at Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, the capital, though Iran denied the allegations and neither defendant was charged with terrorism or attempting to kill Israelis.” Why not?

“Thai court convicts 2 Iranians in bomb plot,” by Thanyarat Doksone for the Associated Press, August 22 (thanks to Lookmann):

BANGKOK (AP) “” Two Iranian men were convicted Thursday of taking part in a botched bomb plot that was exposed last year when an accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were staying.

Israeli and Thai officials have said the plot was aimed at Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, the capital, though Iran denied the allegations and neither defendant was charged with terrorism or attempting to kill Israelis.

A Thai court sentenced 29-year-old Saeid Moradi to life in prison for attempting to murder a police officer and possessing explosives that damaged property and injured several civilians. It sentenced 43-year-old Mohammad Kharzei to 15 years in jail for possessing explosives.

The pair was detained in February 2012, shortly after a cache of homemade explosives accidentally blew apart their villa. Both claimed innocence, saying they had been unaware of the explosives in their home.

Yeah, I happen upon random explosives in my house all the time, and have no idea how they got there. Doesn’t everybody?

Defense lawyer Kittipong Kiattanapoom said he would consult with both men and their families to find out if they want to appeal.

Moradi, a factory technician from Tehran and a former soldier, had faced a death sentence.

He lost his legs as he tried to flee the villa on a crowded Bangkok street. He was carrying explosives from the house and dropped them in the street as police chased him.

Moradi had said he was carrying the explosives out of the house in an attempt to dispose of them. He also said he was not aware that the explosives were similar to “sticky” bombs used against Israeli diplomats in foiled attacks a day before the Bangkok incident in India and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Investigators said the bombs found at the Bangkok home had round, coin-like magnets on them.

Kharzei has testified that he was not a terrorist and had nothing to do with the explosions. He says he had not known Moradi until they met at an airport in Tehran before boarding their flight to Thailand.

Another suspect, Iranian Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, 31, was detained in Malaysia, where he has appealed an extradition order. He met Moradi and Kharzei in the Thai city of Pattaya, and fled to Malaysia the day after the explosion.

Israel believes the botched plot was part of a covert war against Israeli interests abroad that has intensified in recent years because of Iran’s alleged quest to develop nuclear weapons.

The Israeli ambassador to Thailand, Simon Roded, called the two suspects “terrorists” and said, “This sentence proves once again that Iran is engaged in the proliferation of terror all around the world.”

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Comments

  1. says

    Good. I’m glad their explosives blew up prematurely.

    I’m glad they were caught.

    I’m glad they have been convicted and sentenced.

    Too bad the third coconspirator made it to muslim majority Malaysia. For how can a muslim polity surrender one of its own to an infidel state for judicial punishment?

  2. says

    an accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were staying.

    Let me guess: former students of Abu Hamza al-Masri.

  3. says

    The latest Jihad News, as scripted by Monty Python:

    “…a cache of homemade explosives accidentally blew apart their villa.
    “Both claimed innocence, saying they had been unaware of the explosives in their home…

    “He lost his legs as he tried to flee the villa on a crowded Bangkok street.

    “He was carrying explosives from the house and dropped them in the street as police chased him.”

    These guys nearly qualified as candidates for the Darwin Awards, by the sound of it.

  4. says

    Perhaps the Thais should put a little picture of this guy on the ceilings of their cells.

    http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/deities/laughing_buddha.htm

    He had the last laugh.

    There is more detail on the debacle in the Bangkok Post report, from which we discover that the jihadi who blew off his own legs was even more of a klutz – and an evil klutz – than AP tells us.

    Here is what AP said:

    “He was carrying explosives from the house and dropped them in the street as police chased him.”
    But here is the Bangkok Post:

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/365931/iranian-valentine-day-bomber-jailed-for-life

    “Moradi blew off his own legs and lost his right eye when **he tried to throw a bomb at a taxi and it bounced right back at him and exploded at his feet** [my emphasis – dda] on a Bangkok street..”.

  5. says

    This is a shame–a shame that the explosion ruined the villa, and did not kill Kharzei and other Iranian terrorists– sorry for the redundancy.

    Maybe Malaysia will let the other slime meet his 72 virgins while awaiting extradition.