The Thai police have given officers a pounds 55,000 reward for their investigation into the Bangkok shrine bombing, even though there has only been one arrest and the inquiry has been widely criticised.
The national police chief said yesterday (Monday) that officers would receive the money for the detention of the suspect, although the man has not been charged, his identity is not known and he is not believed to have planted the bomb.
General Somyot Poompanmoung said he was giving the award to his investigators to highlight that Thailand's police were good at their job. He made the announcement at a press conference alongside stacks of Thai baht.
Yet the case of the worst terrorist atrocity in Bangkok's history remains unsolved. In the latest development, police released the picture of a Thai woman in an Islamic head-scarf after finding bomb-making material in a second Bangkok apartment. The family of Wanna Suansan later told police the 26-year-old was married to a Turk and left Thailand two months ago with her husband. Police also issued a warrant for an unidentified foreign man, presumed to be her husband.
A woman who claimed she was Ms Suansan last night said she was living in the Turkish city of Kayseri with her husband and that she had not been to the apartment for a year. Her identity could not be confirmed.
On Saturday, officers arrested a man carrying a fake Turkish passport. They also recovered bomb equipment, including the sort of ball-bearings used in the Aug 17 attack that killed 20 people.