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US wins legal battle to seize Russian oligarch's superyacht, sails it away
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The U.S. won a legal battle to seize a Russian oligarch's superyacht in Fiji on Tuesday and promptly took command of the vessel and sailed it away.
The U.S. government took the case all the way to the Fiji Supreme Court, which ultimately overturned a stay order on the U.S. acquisition request. Chief Justice Kamal Kumar wrote that chances of oligarch Suleiman Kerimov mounting an effective defense before the court were "nil to very slim," according to the Associated Press.
It is unclear where exactly the U.S. is taking the $325 million Amadea.
"The fact that U.S. authorities have undertaken to pay costs incurred by the Fijian government is totally irrelevant," Kumar wrote, adding that the ship "sailed into Fiji waters without any permit and most probably to evade prosecution by the United States of America."
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