Extradition sought for red-shirt leader

Weapons find prompts request to Laos

Top junta officials including national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda (third from left) showed seized arms at a press conference held Sunday. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)

The government has vowed to seek the extradition of hardcore red-shirt leader Wuthipong Kochathamakun, alias Kotee, from Laos following the discovery of a huge cache of weapons by authorities in a house in Pathum Thani.

The authorities insist the weapons seizure was not a "set up" to link the house with Wat Dhammakaya temple, which police claim was planning to use the weapons to attack authorities and assasinate both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

The war weapons were found in the house by security officers in an operation on Saturday morning.

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