BANGKOK — The head investigator of Bangkok’s deadly August shrine bombing said today their chief suspect in the attack was never tortured as alleged by his lawyer, who may be charged for defaming the police.
A day after defense lawyer Schoochart Kanpai publicly accused police of torturing his client, 31-year-old Adem Karadag, police officials today insisted neither Karadag, who is also known as Bilal Mohammed, nor co-defendant Yusufu Mieraili were ever physically or psychologically abused.
“The case has already passed the interrogation stage, there is nothing we can do,” said police Lt. Gen. Sriwarah Rangsitpramkul. “We shall wait for the court’s judgment.”
Schoochart said he petitioned the court Jan. 15 to investigate the alleged abuse of his client.
Seeking to discredit Schoochart, Sriwarah on Wednesday showed a clip of the lawyer speaking to reporters after visiting Karadag on Sept. 30, about a week after his client alleges he was tortured into confession. In the clip, the lawyer states his client confessed to placing the bomb that killed 20 people Aug. 17.