Updated: Government refuses prince’s cash

4 08 2011

PPT is a bit late on this post, but it is still worth commenting on some of outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s last royalist maneuvers.The government has refused the Prince Vajiralongkorn’s offer of money as a bond for “his” Boeing 737.

This decision, reported in The Nation, seems odd for a last-day government until the role of Thaksin Shinawatra is considered. PPT reckons that many in the Democrat Party believe that Thaksin is behind the offer to pay.

The government has said it will “instead quickly seek other avenues to resolve the dispute and maintain good relations with Berlin while preserving the dignity of the Thai monarchy.”

Abhisit stated: “So far, the Crown Prince has not yet given his personal assets to settle the case but he expressed his intention to do so and the government has informed him that we would do it our own way first…”. Abhisit made the comment after an “audience” with the prince.

Abhisit said that the Office of the Attorney-General would send a team to Berlin today for a week to find a solution…”. So what have they been doing to date? Rambling and making things up? Abhisit said that there would be no deposit guarantee to retrieve the jet.

Update: Readers will find this German account of the prince and his plane useful.


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