Family seeks return of Erawan Shrine bomb suspect

Breaking News October 01, 2017 12:04

By Phuket Gazette

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The family of Erawan Shrine bombing suspect Wanna Suansan, who has given birth to two children while in immigration prison in Turkey, is calling for her return to Thailand to face trial.

Wanna, from Phang Nga, left for Turkey right before the bomb explosion at the Ratchaprasong intersection in the middle of Bangkok on August 17, 2015.

The 30-year-old was arrested with her husband, Emrah Davutoglu, a Turkish citizen who was alleged to possess war materials and bombs. Wanna was arrested for illegal entry and jailed by Turkish immigration authorities. Her passport was seized.

Investigators claim that Wanna was involved with the bomb suspects by renting a hotel room and a house to her husband’s friends. Thai police officers have coordinated with prosecutors and Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff in a bid to bring Wanna back to Thailand for further investigation.

Wanna’s mother and sister, Rugieb Suansan and Aem-orn Suansan, have told the media that they are worried about her and the two children she gave birth to in prison.

They want the government to bring her back for a proper trial in Thailand and have filed a request to the Prime Minister’s Office, but no answer has yet been received.

“My sister has an arrest warrant for the bombing in 2015. She rented a hotel room in Bangkok and checked out two months before the incident.

“There were other people who rented the hotel after her. She remained in Bangkok for a while after checking out from the room, then came back to the house in Phang Nga.

“Less than a month after that, her husband and she travelled to Turkey, right before the bomb attack in Ratchaprasong,” said Aem-orn.

“I would like to ask the government to bring my younger sister back as she is stuck in Turkey for illegal entry. Once I was able to contact my sister and she said that she wanted to come back to prove her innocence, as she was not involved in the terrorist attack.”

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