• Thaksin’s son gives Thai police reward for blast probe


    BANGKOK: The son of ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra has handed police a reward of nearly $200,000 for their investigation into the deadly Bangkok blast, after authorities declared the first suspect arrested was the bomber. The unprecedented August attack at a shrine in a bustling shopping district killed 20 people, mostly ethnic Chinese tourists, landing a fresh blow to the nation’s image as a holiday paradise after last year’s military coup and months of street protests which preceded it. The reward from Panthongtae Shinawatra — the first-born son of populist leader Thaksin — follows Thai police rewarding their own officers some $84,000 for arresting the bombing suspect two weeks after the blast. Thailand’s national police chief Jakthip Chaikinda confirmed the money had been received, telling reporters Sunday that the sum was marked for police officers involved the investigation and those who provided tip-offs.



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