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Thai court jails man for 27 years over Bangkok hospital bomb

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Bangkok – A Thai court sentenced a 62-year-old man to 27 years in prison on Wednesday for planting a bomb at a Bangkok hospital that wounded 21 people.

The explosion hit the Phramongkutklao Hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok, in May on the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup. The hospital is popular with soldiers and their families and retired military officers.

Police arrested Watana Pumret, a retired government employee, after the blast and said he had confessed to the bombing because he despises the military.

“From the evidence we believe the accused committed the offence … the accused confessed to it,” a judge said.

Courts in Thailand often do not identify the names of judges, with the exception of some high-profile legal cases.

Watana was seen crying after the verdict. He hugged his wife and refused to answer reporters’ questions, according to a Reuters reporter at the court.

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