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Iraqi Airways boss ordered to stay in London in Kuwait row

A judge ordered the chief executive of Iraqi Airways to remain in Britain until at least Wednesday after the first commercial flight from Baghdad to London ended in a legal nightmare.



London: A judge ordered the chief executive of Iraqi Airways to remain in Britain until at least Wednesday after the first commercial flight from Baghdad to London ended in a legal nightmare.

Kifah Hassan Jabbar appeared at London`s High Court on Friday after he had his passport seized and the plane he arrived on was impounded at Gatwick Airport on Sunday in a two-decade-long legal dispute with Kuwait Airways.

The Kuwaiti airline claimed in court that Iraqi Airways owes it USD 1.2 billion (EUR 900 million) and pressed Jabbar to produce a statement under oath of his airline`s worldwide assets.

The dispute dates back to Saddam Hussein`s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, when, according to the oil-rich emirate, 10 of its planes and aircraft parts were plundered after its airport was seized.

Lawyer David Scorey, for Kuwait Airways, told the court Iraqi Airways had consistently refused to meet its legal obligations and was guilty of "perjury, fraud and perversion of justice on a grandiose scale".

He said extensive legal proceedings against Iraqi Airways were also under way in Canada.

PTI

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