Thailand and Saudi Arabia patch issues up 33 years after Blue Diamond Affair

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha visited Saudi Arabia earlier this week, and Thailand and Saudi mended relations they broke 33 years in the past following the Blue Diamond Affair in 1989 the place a Thai cleaner in Saudi’s royal palace stole diamonds worth US$20 million from the prince. The next 12 months, three Saudi diplomats and a businessman trying to recover the gems were killed. According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Prayut gave “his honest regrets for the tragic instances that occurred in Thailand between 1989 to 1990.”
Back in 1989, the Saudi prince and his spouse had been on vacation for 3 months when the cleaner began to cover the diamonds in places across the palace where he knew nobody else would find them. Then, over a month, he slowly moved them right into a cargo supply that he finally sent to Thailand. Before the palace may discover out the cleaner had stolen the diamonds, he had already fled again to Thailand.
To get the diamonds by way of customs, the cleaner left an envelope with money for bribery in his cargo, and a note saying he had pornographic materials in the cargo and most well-liked that authorities not search it. Thai authorities took the bribe. The cleaner stored some of the diamonds, and sold others. But just one month later, Thai police arrested the cleaner in his house after Saudi authorities alerted them. Authorities ultimately retrieved the diamonds.
But Saudi officials said 80% of the diamonds had been lacking, and many who had been returned were fake. Then a photograph was revealed of a senior Thai official wearing a necklace that seemed eerily similar to one of many missing Saudi necklaces.
In February 1990, Thai gunmen shot and killed three Saudi diplomats in Bangkok who had been trying to find the diamonds. A Saudi businessman who travelled to Thailand to research the case of the lacking diamonds was kidnapped. Clear was never discovered, and tons of suspect he was killed. An extremely uncommon blue diamond was never recovered..

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