That seems to be the case with Amadea, the stunning $325 million superyacht that crossed the Pacific a few weeks ago, allegedly seeking a safe haven. The U.S. authorities tried to pounce on it as soon as it arrived in Fiji, claiming that it’s owned by Suleiman Kerimov, known as Russia’s gold tycoon.
The High Court in Suva ordered that Amadea could not leave Fiji until the U.S. claims were settled. But in a new plot twist, Kerimov’s defense lawyer is apparently claiming that the vessel is owned by another Russian mogul, Eduard Khudainatov, who happens to not be sanctioned. According to Associated Press News, the legal owner is a Cayman Islands-based company, Millemarin Investments. But the U.S. authorities still have to prove that Kerimov is linked to this.
While the superyacht waits for the judge’s ruling, a police officer remains on board, together with the 25 crew members.
The massive 348-footer (106 meters) built by Lurssen just five years ago sports a stunning clamshell deck layout with eight cabins, a 10-meter (32.8 feet) pool, a winter garden, and a dedicated party deck. Its instantly-recognizable look is already infamous.