The Noga has thus de facto recognised its big rebuff in a long litigation with which it demanded to arrest SU 30MK and MIG-AT aircraft Russia was exhibiting at Le Bourget, June 2001, on exorbitant financial claims.
Show managers turned down the Noga demand, and authorised the disputed warplanes to return to Russia. Company lawyers hit back to bring a suit against Rosaviacosmos and Le Bourget top officers on alleged arrested property pilfering.
The Stasi legal company chief, who is defending the Noga, sent a written message to the Bobigny court to recall his corporate client's suit, April 1. The Noga is giving up the case, its lawyer Emmanuel Mercigner confirmed at today's court hearings.
As he said in a Novosti interview, the Noga determined to recall its suit with December last's verdict of the Paris court of appeal. It quashed a previous verdict by a lower instance court of appeal, which had authorised French bailiffs to arrest Russian property and government company accounts in France on Noga demand.
Another Novosti interview on the controversy was with Dominique Santacru, Russia's lawyer. He highlighted another court verdict of last year, which qualified the Russian aircraft arrest as unlawful-military property is immune to arrest in other countries. Mr. Santacru thinks that verdict was also prominent in the Noga surrender.
Igor Zenkin, also the defendant's legal expert, tracks the Noga move down to its own finance problems. The plaintiff merely cannot afford further proceedings after its lawyers botched up all previous cases, he said. No French court is now considering Noga suits and related disputes, and he hopes the troublesome company will never again take up litigation in France.
Though the Noga may be expected to demand further property arrests, it will hardly ever do so, says Mr. Santacru. At any rate, no news of such attempts has reached the defence for today.