Confessed bomber jailed

The Bangkok Post has an account of the speedy conviction of Watana Pumret, 62, who reportedly confessed to the May bombing at Phramongkutklao Hospital that injured more than 20 people.

Watana was only arrested, by soldiers, on 15 June but the “Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced [him] to four years in prison and fined him 975 baht for the May 22 bombing…”. Those sentences are halved because Watana admitted to carrying out the bombing. “He also faces a count of attempted murder, for which the court set Oct 16 for testimony by prosecution witnesses…”.

According to the report, was convicted “on a count of illegally producing and possessing explosives and another four years on a count of illegally possessing black powder…”. We assume “black powder” is gunpowder.

It does seem somewhat odd that this conviction comes so quickly and that the sentence is so light. We suspect a back story.

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