Will Thailand pay bond to get plane in Munich back?
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Will Thailand pay bond to get plane in Munich back?

After the Boeing plane used by the Crown Prince was seized in Munich last month, the local court ruled during the initial hearing that the plane could only be released upon payment of a 20 million euro bond/guarantee. Initially, the Thai government refused to pay.  The Nation:

“We are confident that the aircraft belongs to the Crown Prince. He is not involved with this case and the documents are very solid, so there is no need to pay the guarantee of €20 million,” Kasit told reporters upon arrival from Germany.

Then, the Crown Prince said he would pay from his own funds. In response, Kasit stated the government would pay. DPA:

Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piroyma said the government will take responsibility for the 20-million-euro bond itself, to make clear that the crown prince has no involvement in the case which is between the government and a private company.

It was not clear when the bond would be paid.

‘On Wednesday, a delegation led by the attorney general will go to Berlin to consult on the legal procedures, so things should become clear after that,’ Thai foreign ministry spokesman Thani Thingphaksi said

The Bangkok Post has Abhisit saying something different:

The government has vowed to continue fighting the commercial dispute with Walter Bau AG to save His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn the trouble of paying the surety for the release of his private jet impounded in Germany.

Outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva made the statement yesterday after an audience with the Crown Prince.

Mr Abhisit said a Thai legal team will travel to Berlin today and will try to ensure the dispute is resolved this month.

He stressed that the government will not pay the surety for the release of the jet and at the same time will take steps to prevent any adverse repercussions stemming from the issue.

BP: Was Abhisit overruling Kasit? We don’t know – the fact their statements don’t match has not been raised. Hence, the question still remains, will the government pay the bond to get the jet back? Wouldn’t it be better to pay a bond, or even easier to just pay the full amount so no more property can be seized and this dispute can be resolved?

File photo:

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A 737 of Royal Thai Air Force stands on the tarmac at Munich’s airport Wednesday July 13, 2011.  Officials say the  plane being used by Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn has been impounded in Germany as part of a long-running battle over payments for a building project in Thailand, and Munich airport spokesman Robert Wilhelm said Wednesday July 13, 2011,  the Boeing 737 “Royal Flight” was seized on a court order, and is now immobilized and sealed at the airport.  (AP Photo/dapd/ Sebastian Widmann)