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Red shirt leader apologises to Army chief

Sudchai Boonchai, a leader of the Friends of Thaksin group, on Thursday issued an apology to Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha for having urged red shirts to take his daughters hostage in the event of a coup.

Sudchai went to the 11th Infantry Regiment with his wife and son to seek a meeting with Prayuth to apologise him. He took with him garlands and a letter of apology but these were received by Army officer, who explained that Prayuth was not in the regiment's compound.

Sudchai said he was sorry for violating the family of Prayuth by posting a message on the Facebook, urging red shirts to capture his daughters if he staged a coup.

Sudchai claimed that he did not initiate the idea but copied it from a friend and re-posted it on his Facebook wall.

He said after he had "shared" the post, five men, who claimed to be government officials, went to the house of his wife and son in Kalasin.

He said be believed the five went there to provide protection to his family, not to intimidate them.

Sudchai said he had closed his Facebook page and would open a new one to issue an apology to Prayuth again.


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