Bangkok bombing: Australian protests innocence

  • 19/08/2015
Sunny Burns
Sunny Burns

By Matt Burrows

Australian actor Sunny Burns says police interrogated him for six hours over the Bangkok bombing that killed at least 20 people and injured more than 120.

Rumours circulated via social media that the 26-year-old was responsible for the terrorist attack after a suspect with similar features was captured by CCTV cameras and released by police.

The footage showed a man sporting disheveled brown hair, a yellow shirt and glasses arriving at the popular Erawan Shrine - before placing his backpack beneath a bench and walking away.

Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri told the Associated Press he was sure the man captured on CCTV was the terrorist.

"The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber," he said.

Mr Burns said he feared for his life when the rumours became more prominent, going straight to the police to plead his innocence.

"I only know a bit of Thai, and the big scary boss he came and started screaming at me," he said.

"And I thought, 'oh my God, this is a set up. I'm going to be like Schapelle Corby, but the terrorist version'."

Police then questioned Mr Burns for six hours and searched his home for explosives.

Mr Burns said there was no way he could have been the bomber, because the fashion sense of the man in the CCTV footage was so different to his own.

"I'm not a terrorist and the photo of the terrorist looks nothing like me. I would never wear those clothing - I'm a fashion blogger," Mr Burns wrote on his Facebook page.

No one has yet taken responsibility for the attack - with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha saying authorities would make "all investigate efforts" to "bring [the perpetrator] to justice".

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