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Former Thai PM Thaksin's son offers reward for Bangkok bomb suspect

Former Thai PM Thaksin's son offers reward for Bangkok bomb suspect

Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's son offered USD 1,96,449 reward for the arrest of those behind the blast in the Brahma temple on Saturday, as authorities failed to make any arrests in the country's worst attack that killed 20 people.

Bangkok: Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's son offered USD 1,96,449 reward for the arrest of those behind the blast in the Brahma temple on Saturday, as authorities failed to make any arrests in the country's worst attack that killed 20 people.

"Two million baht (around USD 56,000) will be given to whomever provides information leading to the capture of the perpetrators and five million baht (USD 140,449) to officials who successfully investigate the case and carry out the arrests," Thaksin's oldest son, Oak Panthongtae said on social media.

"To restore morale and courage among Thais, as well as confidence of foreigners, we must catch the perpetrator as soon as possible. We must show Thailand is not a country where such a perpetrator can get away with it," he wrote.

At the very least, the families of the victims, as well as all Thais and tourists, deserve to know who are targeting their lives, he added. "Even before the investigation, mudslinging began, with some saying it was the work of Thais who had lost political interests," he wrote.

Thai police is looking for 10 suspects in Monday's explosion, including the individual who placed the bomb near the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok that killed 20 people. The police are investigating the incident, but despite strict security measures at airports and borders no suspects have yet been apprehended.

On Friday, Thai authorities tripled the award for information leading to the arrest of the lone bomber to 3 million baht (USD 85,000), Bangkok Post reported.

Earlier in the week a key member of the Red Shirt movement loyal to Thaksin also offered a further two million baht reward -- bringing the total money on offer to USD 335,000.

Thaksin, who governed the country from 2001 until being ousted in a coup in 2006, is in self-exile in Dubai after a corruption conviction that he calls political. Thaksin is the is among the richest men in Thailand.
first published:August 22, 2015, 13:38 IST