BANGKOK — Thai police said Wednesday that a key suspect has admitted to meeting the alleged Bangkok shrine bomber outside a train station and handing him a heavy backpack containing a bomb just before the blast occurred the night of Aug. 17.

Police announced the development as they escorted the suspect, identified as Yusufu Mierili, to the scene of the alleged handover and also to the Erawan Shrine, where the blast killed 20 people, for a public reenactment of his role and movements before and after the explosion.

Public reenactments conducted in front of the media are a common part of Thai criminal investigations, although they have been criticized for implying a suspect’s guilt before trial. The suspect in Wednesday’s reenactment has not yet been formally charged but police say he was a member of the network that carried out the attack. Read more…

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