Further updated: Got it!

10 08 2011

Just as he was sent out the door, defeated Democrat Party leader (re-elected) and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that a Boeing 737 the Thai government claims to have gifted to Prince Vajiralongkorn for his regular and personal jaunts to Europe has been released from a court-ordered impounding in Germany.

AP reports that the aircraft “has been released after payment of a guarantee in a business dispute. Abhisit Vejjajiva said the Thai government posted the bond pending resolution of a claim by German company Walter Bau AG related to construction of a tollway in Bangkok more than 20 years ago.”

A German court ruled that the plane could be released after “the Thai government posted a 38 million euro ($54 million) bond, equal to the Walter Bau claim.” The release was confirmed by German authorities.

The Democrat Party must be secretly pleased that it managed this release and – in their view – maintained a distance between Thaksin Shinawatra and the prince.

Update 1:  A reader chastises us for neglecting to mention that Abhisit had earlier emphatically stated that there would be no government guarantee. Good point, but then this just adds to the extensive list of Abhisit’s untruths.

Update 2: Saksith Saiyasombut at Asian Correspondent has an excellent account of this event.


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13 08 2011
Crown versus the public | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Fuller in the New York Times has looked at the issue of the German seized-now-released Boeing 737, which the Thai government claimed “belonged” to Prince Vajiralongkorn and asks exactly […]

12 02 2012
Prince in Germany « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Our posts on that event began with this post on 13 July and continued almost daily (here, here, here, here, here and here). Then there were other posts (here and here) that came to an end around 10 August. […]

12 02 2012
Prince in Germany « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Our posts on that event began with this post on 13 July and continued almost daily (here, here, here, here, here and here). Then there were other posts (here and here) that came to an end around 10 August. […]

9 07 2012
Money, antiques and prince « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Of course, it remains to be confirmed that the 737 is a “private” plane. Whatever happened to that German story? Our posts on that kerfuffle began with this post on 13 July 2011 and continued almost daily (here, here, here, here, here and here). Then there were other posts (here and here) that came to an end around 10 August 2010. […]

9 07 2012
Money, antiques and prince « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Of course, it remains to be confirmed that the 737 is a “private” plane. Whatever happened to that German story? Our posts on that kerfuffle began with this post on 13 July 2011 and continued almost daily (here, here, here, here, here and here). Then there were other posts (here and here) that came to an end around 10 August 2010. […]

28 07 2012
Updated: The heir apparent « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] here, here and here. Then there were other posts – here and here that came to an end around 10 August. PPT thinks that this would be a quite sensible […]

28 07 2012
Updated: The heir apparent « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] here, here, here and here. Then there were other posts – here and here that came to an end around 10 August. PPT thinks that this would be a quite sensible […]