South African court orders release of impounded Air Tanzania plane
Tanzania has secure the release of its plane after a South African court set aside an earlier orders to impound it according to media reports from Johannesburg.
The plane, an Airbus 220-300, had been prevented from taking off Oliver Tambo International in Johannesburg on August 24, following a court injunction.
It had been impounded after a lawyer representing a retired farmer told court his client was owed at least $13 million in an outstanding compensation claim after his land was seized by the Tanzanian government in the 1980s.
Tanzania acknowledges the debt, but a lawyer argued in court that South Africa lacked jurisdiction to try the dispute.