King Mswati’s plane impounded

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MBABANE – The private plane of Swaziliand's King Mswati III has been detained in Canada for the second time in two years due to a debt dispute, according to Canadian court documents, Reuters news agency reports.

The plane was detained as part of a court case by a former business partner of the king, Singaporean entrepreneur Shanmuga Rethenam, who says he is owed around $8m (£5.5m) by the monarch, it adds.

Swaziland government spokesman Percy Simelane on Wednesday denied that the king owed any money, and said he could not comment further as the matter was in court.

Swaziland is one of the world's last remaining absolute monarchies.

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