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Thai general says 'no advanced planning' for coup: report

Published on Jun 26, 2014 1:45 PM
 
Soldiers stand guard at a shop at Chatuchak market in Bangkok on June 8, 2014. A senior Thai general has rejected reports that the army planned to rid the kingdom of the influence of controversial former premier Thaksin Shinawatra years before it seized power in May. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

BANGKOK (AFP) - A senior Thai general has rejected reports that the army planned to rid the kingdom of the influence of controversial former premier Thaksin Shinawatra years before it seized power in May.

"So far as I know there was no advanced planning, because if it were planned that would be illegitimate," Lieutenant-General Chatchalerm Chalermsukh told the BBC in an interview published on Thursday.

"If you're wondering why this (the coup) happened so smoothly, that was because forces were already deployed in the city (Bangkok)," he claimed.

His comments came after local media reported that Mr Suthep Thaugsuban, the leader of mass protests which crippled the former administration, said he had been advising the army chief who led the coup on how to tackle Thaksin for four years.

 
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