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PM: 2nd plane can’t be impounded

Posted by arnon_k On July - 25 - 2011

A reported comment by a German insolvency administrator that he was considering impounding a second jet used by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is totally out of line, outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Monday.

The German tabloid Bild am Sonntag reported that the Crown Prince had the second plane flown over to Munich to replace the first one after it was impounded by the court on July 12.

Mr Abhisit said there were no grounds to impound the second aircraft.

He said the government and Attorney General Chulasingh Vasantasing will meet this week to discuss the case involving the impounded Being 737.

“The attorney general has new information to present in the legal action against the German firm [Walter Bau],” the premier said.

Attorney General Chulasingh had already explained that the second jet is the Crown Prince’s personal property and nothing to do with the government.

Mr Chulasingh said the Crown Prince had recommended that the government not deposit the bank surety required for the release of his impounded aircraft.

The parties in the case in court are the Thai government and Walter Bau. It relates to the Don Muang tollway.

The Office of the Attorney General is preparing an appeal against the German court’s ruling that the impounded Boeing 737 belonging to the Crown Prince could be released only upon the deposit of a 20 million euros (846 million baht) bank guarantee.

The seizure was based on a decision in 2009 by the UN Commission on International Trade Law for Thailand to pay Walter Bau more than US$30 million for breaching a bilateral investment treaty between Germany and Thailand.

In March last year, a New York court ruled in favour of Walter Bau, deciding that Thailand had to pay the debt.

The dispute has not been finalised and Thailand is in the process of appealing the ruling.

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