Government presents new documents on prince’s plane

19 07 2011

The Nation reports that the Thai government has submitted a range of new documents in evidence to the German court considering ownership of the impounded plane used by Prince Vajiralongkorn.

The documents include “document showing the withdrawal of an impounded Boeing 737 from the Defence Ministry’s list of aircraft…”, as well as “the Standard Certificate of Airworthiness, the aircraft registration and a permit to use private aircraft…”.

These are amongst the documents that would normally show ownership of an aircraft. One question that arises is why it took so long for the documents to be produced, and why they weren’t produced for the first court hearing? Were they being manufactured? Or, if the documents existed, were the officials involved simply hopeless?

This begs a second question: why is it that the Thai government is processing the case? If the aggrieved party is the prince, shouldn’t his legal representatives be in court making his case?

The whole incident reveals the lack of transparency associated with the monarchy in Thailand. It is in the monarchy’s long-term interest to demarcate itself and the royal family’s assets from those of the people and government.


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23 07 2011
Stranger and stranger on the plane | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] that began with the seizure of the aircraft several days ago (see here, here, here, here, here, here and here) and the Thai government’s sustained claim that the plane belongs to Prince […]