Tehran rejects media allegations against Iranian nationals in Thailand

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran dismissed the western media claims that two Iranian nationals tried in a Thailand court have been convicted for an attempted attack on the Israeli embassy in Bangkok, and said they have been arrested for other crimes.

“The accusations raised against these two people in the foreign news agencies are not correct and the Thai government and court have accused them of carrying explosives and using these materials against the police and inflicting damage on public places, and there is no other accusation, including the one raised by the foreign media, against them,” Araqchi told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

He rejected media claims about a link between the two men and the governmental bodies in Iran, and said, “We are not yet aware of their intentions for carrying explosives in Bangkok.”

In February 2012, a man hurled a grenade at Thai police and a cab. The attacker was injured seriously in the blast. Bangkok police said they found Iranian identification documents on the maimed man.

Earlier, a house rented by three men, who police say were Iranians, exploded when a cache of explosives reportedly went off by accident. Soon afterwards, there was a third blast on a nearby road, Thai police said.

The three explosions in Bangkok happened a day after bomb attacks targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia.

Iran condemned the terrorist blasts in Thailand’s capital city, and took Israeli agents responsible for the attack, rejecting Israel’s allegations that Tehran was behind the explosions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier accused Iran of orchestrating the attacks.

Iran rejected the accusation as baseless and a publicity ploy, adding that they are part of Tel Aviv’s psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic.

“If we follow the issue closely and wisely, we’ll find out who is behind the scenario,” Iranian Ambassador to Thailand Majid Bizmark said in an interview with the local daily the Nation, adding that the main suspect is the Zionists (Israelis). By Fars News Agency


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