Iranians accused of Bangkok bomb plot plead innocence

Two Iranians accused of planning a botched, Feb. 2012 attack on an Israeli diplomat in Bangkok have pleaded innocent to charges of attempted murder and possessing explosives.

The AFP reports that both Mohammad Khazaei, 42, and Saeid Moradi, 29, insisted on their innocence via their lawyer, Kittipong Kiattanapoom.

Khazaei and Moradi have been under arrest since Feb. 2012, when an accidental explosion in a suburban Bangkok home revealed a supposed plot to attack an Israeli diplomat – a plot that police say was orchestrated by the pair of Iranian nationals.

Moradi, who lost both his legs in the unplanned explosion, has claimed that he was unaware that the bombs were being stored in the house.

The Bangkok explosion came one day after a pair of bomb attacks targeting Israeli embassy employees in India and Georgia.

One other suspect in the alleged bombing, Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, has been detained in Malaysia and is awaiting extradition to Thailand.

Authorities suspect that two other accomplices in the Bangkok bomb plot have escaped to Iran.

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