Le­ices­ter City’s own­ers ‘sued for £323m’

The law­suit ac­cuses King Power of fail­ing to pay Thai gov­ern­ment 14 bil­lion baht

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Bangkok: The own­ers of Le­ices­ter City Foot­ball Club are re­port­edly be­ing sued for £323m over money owed to the Thai gov­ern­ment.

A crim­i­nal court in Bangkok ac­cepted the case against King Power In­ter­na­tional on Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to Reuters news agency.

The case is also be­ing brought against ex­ec­u­tives of state-owned Airports of Thai­land (AOT), Reuters says.

The BBC has con­tacted Le­ices­ter City FC, King Power and AOT for com­ment.

The law­suit ac­cuses King Power of fail­ing to pay the Thai gov­ern­ment 14 bil­lion baht (£323m) from the op­er­a­tion of a duty-free fran­chise it was awarded in 2006.

At a hear­ing on Mon­day, the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court in Bangkok ac­cepted the case and said it would now hear from wit­nesses in Fe­bru­ary next year.

The ac­tion against King Power, owned by Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha and his fam­ily, was ini­tially filed in July.

This case al­most cer­tainly goes back to the time that the air­port con­ces­sions were given out when the main in­ter­na­tional air­port in Bangkok was be­ing built.

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