SA court seizes Tanzanian plane over land expropriation case

SA court seizes Tanzanian plane over land expropriation case

- A Tanzanian airplane has been seized by the South African High Court after an order was issued by a retired farmer

- According to the farmer’s lawyer, the Tanzanian government owed the man $33 million with interest

- The Tanzanian government were told to pay the debt in order to secure the release of their airplane

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The South African High Court recently issued an order to ground a Tanzanian aircraft following a legal complaint filed by an elderly retired farmer.

According to eNCA, the retired farmer, who wished to remain anonymous, was owed $33 million by the Tanzanian government.

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The debt was for a piece of Tanzanian land that was expropriated from the farmer years prior, and was never compensated for.

The man’s lawyer explained that once the airplane was seized, the Tanzanian government were told that the aircraft would only be relieved if the debt was paid to his client.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that this action fell in line with local and international laws which states that a foreign entity’s asset can become part of a case related to a foreign arbitration award.

Therefore, the airplane was able to be seized after it was discovered that it was definitely an asset of the Tanzanian government.

Subsequently, the retired farmer was award compensation through arbitration.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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