A Thai court on Thursday found an Iranian man guilty of attempted murder in a
botched plot to target Israeli diplomats in Bangkok last year.
Moradi, 29, blew off his own legs when a bomb he was carrying exploded as he
tried to throw it at Thai police. A second defendant, Mohammad Khazaei, 43, was
given 15 years in jail for possession of explosive devices.
were wounded by a series of explosions in Bangkok on February 14, 2012. The
explosions were linked to a car-bomb attack on the wife of an Israeli diplomat
in India and a third, unsuccessful attack in Georgia a day
Khazaei was arrested at Bangkok's main international airport
while trying to catch a flight to Malaysia. Moradi was arrested at the scene of
A third suspect, Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, is being held in
Malaysia after fleeing Thailand shortly after the explosions.
for the Royal Thai Police said Malaysia had approved Zadeh's extradition to
Thailand but the suspect had not yet been brought back to hear the charges
against him Israel accused Iran and Hezbollah of being behind the attacks.
Teheran denied involvement.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's spokesman
Mark Regev said that the Thai convictions "are yet another clear demonstration
of the Iranian global involvement in terrorism." Earlier this year a Lebanese
national with ties to Hezbollah was convicted of involvement in a planned attack
against Israeli targets in Cyprus.
"We have seen Iranian/Hezbollah
terrorist operations in Asia, Africa, Europe, north America, in countries across
the planet," he said. "This involvement can simply not be denied. The Iranians
both directly conduct attacks, and -- when it suits their interests -- work
through proxies like Hezbollah. I would hope that today's convictions in Bangkok
will serve as a wake up call to those in eh international community who have
illusions about Iranian behavior." The Foreign Ministry also issued a statement
welcoming the Thai verdict.
"This bomb plot was part of an ongoing
Iranian terror campaign that targets Israeli and Western objectives," the
"This is evidenced, among other things, by the use of identical
explosives in the near simultaneous attacks which were carried out by Iranian
terrorists in Bangkok, New Delhi and Tbilisi. In the latter two cases, it should
be remembered that the perpetrators managed to affix magnetic explosives to
Israeli diplomatic vehicles." Israel, the statement said, "calls on the
international community to continue to fight terrorism with determination, in
accordance with the legal tools at its disposal, and to bring to justice those
involved in such activities."