Thai police refuse bail for Lebanese terrorist suspect

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BANGKOK, 18 January 2012 (NNT) – Thai police have detained the Swedish-Lebanese terrorist suspect in prison and refuse to give bail for fear that the suspect might escape to other countries.

The police charged Atris Hussein for the possession of ammonia nitrate without permission; the charge carries a maximum jail term of five years and/or a 50,000 baht fine. At the initial stage he will be detained in Bangkok for 12 days until January 28.

The police refuse to grant him bail to prevent him from escaping or changing the evidence, while the case is still under investigation.

Atris Hussein has a suspected link with the Hezbollah terrorist organization. His arrest came after the US Embassy had issued a warning of terror threat in Bangkok.

Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Winai Thongsong said the suspect used Thailand as a base to store and distribute bomb-making materials to third countries. He says Mr Hussein did not intend to make an attack in Thailand, citing the Transport Company has received an order from the suspect to send the materials abroad.

Reporter: Nuttaporn Chanchokpong – NNT


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