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National Police of Colombia win payment for possible legal fees involving aircraft engines now in storage on P.E.I.
A company that is in a legal battle with Colombian police over airplane engines that were undergoing an overhaul in Summerside will have to pay a $500,000 bond while the case is before the courts.
In a recent unanimous decision, the P.E.I. Court of Appeal ordered Dash 224 pay the bond to cover the National Police of Colombia’s (NPC) costs in the event NPC wins.
The issue revolves around two engines worth $1 million each from a De Havilland Dash 8 airplane the Colombian government seized in 2011 and sent to Vector Aerospace in Summerside for an overhaul.
A company called Regional One Inc. owned the plane and was leasing it to Aerovias de Avacion Regional Aires when it entered Colombia in 2010 without the proper paperwork.
Regional One has since transferred its interest in the plane to Dash 224, which is an affiliated business and trying to get the engines back.
Dash 224 successfully sought a temporary order through the P.E.I. Supreme Court to keep the engines in the province.
In the appeal decision written by Justice John Mitchell, he wrote that it will probably be at least another six months before the matter gets to trial, but if the NPC wins the onus will be on it to prove its legal costs and losses.
The judges allowed an amendment request from Dash 224 that will continue the legal proceedings.
Although Mitchell said Dash 224 was largely the victor, he awarded the NPC $11,130 in costs and disbursements because of the timing of Dash 224’s amendment, which Mitchell said was sprung on the Colombian police at the last minute.