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What’s a good thing to do before carrying out a bomb plot? Checking into a Pattaya hotel and partying appears to have been the choice of the three Iranian suspects in last Tuesday’s bombing incidents.
Two Thai women have fun with the three Iranian bomb suspects at a restaurant in Pattaya. Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, left, was arrested in Malaysia, Mohammad Khazaei, centre, was detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport, and Saied Moradi was badly injured in the bombings. PORNPROM SARTTRABHAYA
Party first, bomb later
The three Iranian suspects allegedly involved in a failed bomb plot in Bangkok, spent time last week in Pattaya partying with Thai escorts, officials at the Immigration Department's Chon Buri office said yesterday
Immigration officials there have identified a Thai woman in Pattaya who had escorted the Iranian bomb suspects during their stay in the resort town.
Her account, and photographs taken with her mobile phone, seem to confirm that the suspects know one another.
The woman, in her twenties, and identified only as Nan, told the immigration officers that she met Mohammad Khazaei, who was detained at Suvarnabhumi airport late on Tuesday, near the Balihai area in Pattaya. She said the Iranian asked her to escort him during his stay there because he was not good at speaking English.
Ms Nan later asked two friends to escort Mr Khazaei's two companions.
They were later identified from a group photo on Ms Nan's mobile phone as Saeid Moradi, who was gravely injured in Tuesday’s attacks in the Sukhumvit Soi 71 area, and Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, the third bomb suspect who was arrested in Malaysia yesterday.
During their stay in Pattaya, from Feb 8 to 13 according to their hotel's registration, Ms Nan and her friends hung out with the three men. In one group gathering, shown in a photo, they were winding down in a bar in a hotel. Ms Nan said they had drinks and played snooker together.
The Pattaya hotel where the three suspects stayed. PORNPROM SARTTRABHAYA
Ms Nan was with Mr Khazaei in his room as well but noticed nothing unusual except one time when he barred her from approaching a closet in the room. On the last day, Monday, Mr Khazaei told her that he was going home. So she phoned a taxi to pick him up.
National police chief Priewpan Damapong said police took Ms Nan to the immigration bureau in Bangkok to make Mr Khazaei feel more at ease.
Earlier, the suspect had showed signs of stress and refused to eat. After he met Ms Nan, he appeared more relaxed and agreed to eat some food, Pol Gen Priewpan said.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Piyaporn Wongruang.
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
detained – kept in a place and not allowed to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
plot – a secret plan to do something bad แผนการลับ
escort – a person, especially a woman, who is paid to go out socially with somebody คนที่ไปเป็นเพื่อ
immigration department (bureau) – the government agency dealing with people entering and leaving the country and those who want to live there สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
identified – named ระบุชื่อ
account – a written or spoken report about something that has happened การอธิบาย
companion – a person who travels who you or spends a lot of time with you เพื่อน, เพื่อนเดินทาง
gravely – very serious; very dangerous อย่างวิกฤติ, อย่างร้ายแรง
registration – the process of recording names or information on an official list การขึ้นทะเบียน, การลงทะเบียน
hang out – to spend a lot of time at a place or with someone ใช้เวลามาก สังสรรค์ คุยกัน เช่น กับเพื่อนๆ
gathering – a party or a meeting when many people come together as a group การรวมตัว, การประชุม
wind down – to relax after a period of excitement or worry ผ่อนคลาย, พักผ่อน
bar – to prevent from doing something ห้าม
approach – to move closer to someone or something เข้าใกล้
closet – a small room or a space in a wall with a door that reaches the floor, used for storing things ชั้น, ตู้
at ease – relaxed and unworried คลายกังวล
stress – mental pressure or worry ความตึงเครียด
relaxed – calm and not worried