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German-Thai row over princely plane

world Updated: Jul 16, 2011 22:32 IST
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A diplomatic row has broken out between Germany and Thailand over the impounding of a Thai royal family aircraft at the Munich airport in connection with a German construction company’s claim of over 30 million euros from the Thailand government.

Crown prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s private jet was confiscated by the authorities in Munich on Tuesday following an order issued by a regional court in Berlin on a petition filed by the insolvency administrator of Walter Bau AG, which claims that the Thai government owes it more than 30 million euros for constructing a highway near Bangkok during the 1990s.

Thailand’s foreign minister Kasit Piromya flew into Berlin on Friday in an effort to secure the release of the aircraft and held a meeting with deputy foreign minister Cornelia Pieper.

Pieper told journalists after the meeting that the German government can do very little to resolve the stand-off and it is a matter for the judiciary to decide.