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Friday, April 26, 2013

Iranian terrorist in Bangkok claims he was "stunned" to find bombs in his cupboard

Remember the three Iranian men found last year to be targeting Israeli diplomats using identical magnetic devices as the New Delhi attack?

One of them - who actually threw one of the bombs at police - claims it is all just a huge, huge misunderstanding:

An Iranian man whose legs were blown off during an alleged botched bomb plot last year against Israeli diplomats in Bangkok said Friday he found the explosives and was trying to dispose of them safely when they detonated.

Saeid Moradi, 29, told a Bangkok court that he was about to leave Thailand when he found four bombs hidden inside radios in a cupboard at a rented house in the city.

Two of the devices exploded as he ran into the street to throw them into a nearby canal -- the second tearing off his legs, he said.

Moradi and Mohammad Khazaei, 42, are among five Iranians suspected of involvement in the February 2012 blasts that followed attacks in India and Georgia and saw Tehran accused by Israel of a terror campaign.

Giving his evidence first, the younger defendant said he accidentally triggered one of the bombs when he opened a cupboard in the apartment.

“I was stunned and threw it into the corner, believing it was a smoke bomb,” the wheelchair-bound suspect said via a translator, adding he grabbed two other bombs and ran outside to throw them into a nearby canal.

He did not refer to the fourth device.

Prosecutors accuse Moradi of hurling one bomb at a taxi and a second at two police officers as they approached him on the street, but it instead detonated near the suspect.

The defendant gave a different version of events saying he dropped one of the devices near the taxi by mistake, and tried to throw the other away as the policemen approached fearing it would detonate and hurt them.

“I knew if the police stopped me I’d have to drop the bomb which may have endangered them and people nearby.

“So I threw it about a metre in front of me,” he said, adding he blacked out and woke up at hospital later to find his legs had been torn off in the blast.
He just innocently tried to dispose of the four bombs, that mysteriously popped up in his apartment for no apparent reason, in three different spots.

Of course, finding four bombs in your apartment is not a reason to run outside and call the police.

He was instead being a hero, trying to save lives, by disposing the bombs himself - throwing one towards, but not of course at, the police.

I can't wait for the testimony of his roommates. What are the odds that they blame the Mossad for planting the bombs?