Two Iranian nationals convicted in a February 2012 terror plot in Bangkok were sentenced Thursday by a Thai court.
Saeid Moradi, 29, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a bomb plot targeting Israeli diplomats. Mohammad Khazaei, 43, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for possession of explosives.
On Feb. 14, 2012, a series of explosions rocked the Ekkamai neighborhood of Bangkok and left at least five people wounded.
One victim was Moradi, who lost his legs when a bomb detonated as he attempted to throw it at police, the Long War Journal reported
. The Bangkok bombing occurred one day after the discovery of bomb plots targeting Israelis in India and Georgia.
During the trial in Thailand, the Iranian defendants contended they had been unaware of the bombs prior to finding them in their home. Moradi, for example, claimed he was trying to dispose of them.
Shortly after the incident, Thai police official Gen. Prewpan Dhamapong said, "I can tell you that the target was specific and aimed at Israeli diplomatic staff."
Thai authorities apprehended Khazaei at Bangkok's international airport as he was trying to flee. A third suspect, Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, managed to escape to Malaysia, but was subsequently arrested as he was preparing to board a flight for Tehran.
Reports last June suggested that a Malaysian court had approved Sedaghatzadeh’s extradition. He has not yet been returned to Thailand and is currently appealing the decision.
A fourth suspect, Leila Rohani, who is believed to have rented the home used by the suspects, is also wanted by authorities. She is believed to have fled to Iran, while a fifth suspect - thought to be the bomb maker - remains at large.
Several weeks ago, Malaysian authorities successfully apprehended Seyed Ramin Miraziz Paknejad, an Iranian national known for ties to terrorist cells and drug-trafficking networks, the Long War Journal reported. Authorities said Paknejad had provided members of the cell involved in the February 2012 Bangkok plot with forged passports.
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