German Ruling on Impounded Thai Jet Expected Monday

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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A German court is expected to decide Monday whether authorities must release an impounded private jet owned by Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.

German officials seized the Boeing 737 last week in response to a lawsuit by German construction company Walker Bau AG, which is seeking payment of an old debt owed by the government of Thailand.

Thai officials told the court in Berlin that the jet is not owned by the Thai government, but is the personal property of the Crown Prince.

After talks last week between Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and German Deputy Foreign Minister Conelia Pieper, the two sides issued a joint statement saying the dispute should not harm bilateral relations.