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Two Iranian bombers get long prison sentences for possessing explosives & attempted murder of police officer last year on Sukhumvit in Bangkok. 

Bystanders watch as a bomb disposal expert approaches the attack site in front of Kasem Phithaya School on Sukhumvit Soi 71. Phrakrit Jantawong.

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Court convicts 2 Iranians in bomb plot

22/08/2013

AP

Two Iranian men were convicted on 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. Iran denied the allegations and neither defendant was charged with terrorism or attempting to kill Israelis.

The Criminal Court in Bangkok on Thursday 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. The court sentenced 43-year-old Mohammad Kharzei to 15 years in jail for possessing explosives.

The two were 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.

Saeid Moradi, a 29-year-old Iranian bombing suspect whose legs were blown off in a bomb blast in Sukhumvit Soi 71 last year, arrives at the Bangkok South Criminal Court on June 19 to hear the verdict on charges related to the bomb blast, but the court postponed its decision until today. APICHART JINAKUL

Defence lawyer Kittipong Kiattanapoom said he would consult  both men and their families to learn if they want to appeal.

Moradi, a factory technician from Tehran and a former soldier, had faced a possible 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. They detonated, destroying his legs.

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 testified that he was not a terrorist and had nothing to do with the explosions. He said 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 explosions.

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Thai police officers escort Iranian bomb suspect Mohammad Kharzei (C) during an investigation at his rented house in Bangkok on February 20, 2012. The failed bomb plot in Bangkok sent tensions between Israel and Iran soaring. AFP / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL

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Vocabulary:

aim: the thing you hope to achieve by doing something - เป้าหมาย

allegation: an accusation; a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved - ข้อกล่าวหา

appeal: a request to a court to change a decision by a lower court - อุทธรณ์

approach: moving or coming closer - การเข้าใกล้

attempt: when a person tries to do something or achieve some goal, makes an effort to do it - ความพยายาม

blew: exploded - ระเบิด

board: to get onto a ship, aircraft, train, or bus - ขึ้น(เรือ  รถเมล์ รถไฟ เครื่องบิน)

botch: to do something very badly or carelessly - ทำผิดพลาด

bystander: a person who is standing near and watching something that is happening but is not taking part in it - ผู้เห็นเหตุการณ์, ผู้สังเกตการณ์

cache: a quantity of things that have been hidden or stored, especially weapons - สิ่งที่ซ่อนไว้

charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา

charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา

chase: an act of running or driving after somebody/something in order to catch them - การไล่ตาม

civilian: of someone who does not belong to the armed forces or the police - พลเรือน

claim: saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา

coin: a flat round piece of metal used as money in a country - เหรียญ

consult: to ask for information or advice from someone - หารือ

convict: to prove in a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime - พิสูจน์ว่าผิดกฎหมาย

convicted: having been proven guilty of a crime by a court of law - ต้องโทษ, ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่าข้อกล่าวหามีความผิดจริง

court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล

crowded: packed; full of people or things - แน่น

defendant: someone who has been accused of a crime and is on trial - จำเลย

deny: to say that something is not true or does not exist - ปฏิเสธ

detain: to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

detonate: to cause to explode - ทำให้ระเบิด

diplomat: an official whose job is to represent their government in a foreign country - นักการทูต

disposal: getting rid of something or, in this case, making an explosive safe   - การกำจัด

dispose: to throw away or get rid of - ทิ้ง

expert: someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject - ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ

explosion: a large, sudden or rapid increase in the amount or number of something - การระเบิด

exposed: made known; uncovered - เปิดเผยต่อ

extradition: sending someone accused of a crime back to the country where the crime was committed for trial or punishment - การส่งผู้ร้ายข้ามแดน

foil: to prevent something from succeeding - ขัดขวาง สกัดกั้น

former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์

injure: to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย

innocence: the condition of not having done anything wrong or illegal - ความบริสุทธิ์

investigator: someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something - ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ

magnet: an object that is able both to attract iron and steel objects and also push them away - แม่เหล็ก

murder: the crime of intentionally killing a person - ฆาตกรรม

official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่

plot: a secret plan to do something bad - แผนการลับ

possess: to have or own something - ครอบครอง, ถือครอง

postponed: delayed; decided that something will be done at a later time - เลื่อนออกไป

prison term: a length of time someone is required to stay in prison - ระยะเวลาที่จำคุก

property: a building or buildings and the surrounding land - อสังหาริมทรัพย์

sentence: (of a court of law) to officially state what someone's punishment will be - พิพากษา, ตัดสินลงโทษ

soaring: rising very quickly to a high level - พุ่งพรวดขึ้น

suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย

take part in: to join and be part of some activity; participate as participant -

technician: a person whose job is keeping a particular type of equipment or machinery in good condition - เจ้าหน้าที่เทคนิค, ช่าง

tension: the feeling caused by a lack of trust between people, groups or countries - ความตึงเครียด

terrorism: the use of violence to achieve political aims - การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง

terrorist: of someone who uses violence in order to  achieve political aims - ผู้ก่อการร้าย

testify: to make a statement about something that you saw, know, or experienced, usually in a court of law or an official investigation - ให้การเป็นพยาน

unaware: not understanding or realising something - ซึ่งไม่รู้ตัวมาก่อน

verdict: a decision by a court of law - คำพิพากษา

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