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Impounded Air Tanzania Plane Allowed To Leave South Africa

A South African court has set aside an earlier decision to impound an Air Tanzania plane, a BBC reporter has tweeted from the court.

On 24 August, the plane, an Airbus 220-300, had been prevented from taking off from Johannesburg because of a court injunction.

A lawyer had argued in court that a retired farmer was owed at least $13m (£10.6m) in compensation after his land was seized by the Tanzanian government in the 1980s.

The Tanzanian authorities acknowledge that the farmer is owed money but their lawyer believes South Africa has no jurisdiction over the dispute.

In a tweet using the Twitter handle @TZMsemajiMkuu, Tanzania’s Government spokesman said the court ordered the petitioner to pay costs of the case. He also thanked citizens for their patience as the matter was being resolved.

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