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TLTB Grants Landowners Request For Information

The iTaukei Land Trust Board yesterday agreed to give landowners of the Yavusa-e-Tolu (Navatulevu, Sila and Noakuilau) access to the Deed of Settlement that they have long requested. The landowners
16 Aug 2018 10:05
TLTB Grants Landowners Request For Information
Landowners from Yavusa e tolu (Navatulevu, Sila, Noakuilau ) with lawyers Mirian Naco, Akuila Naco and Julian Moti outside Court in Suva on August 15, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The iTaukei Land Trust Board yesterday agreed to give landowners of the Yavusa-e-Tolu (Navatulevu, Sila and Noakuilau) access to the Deed of Settlement that they have long requested.

The landowners own the Denarau land on which Sheraton and Westin Resort properties are built.

The civil lawsuit by Ratu Timoci Duaka Dawai, the Turaga ni Yavusa and Turaga ni Mataqali, and 344 other landowners was scheduled for hearing before High Court judge Justice Kamal Kumar. However the settlement was reached before the hearing could proceed.

Speaking on behalf of landowners, Ratu Timoci said they engaged legal counsel after they discovered that some  information they were being told about their land was false and their request for information on the deed of settlement had proved futile.

The deed paved the way for the sale of shares in the companies that owned the properties.

The landowners gave thanks to the Lord for what had transpired in court to mark the end of the case.

Landowners from Yavusa e tolu (Navatulevu, Sila, Noakuilau ) with lawyer Akuila Naco and Julian Moti outside Court in Suva on August 15, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Landowners from Yavusa e tolu (Navatulevu, Sila, Noakuilau ) with lawyer Akuila Naco and Julian Moti outside Court in Suva on August 15, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Constitutional lawyer Julian Moti QC told Justice Kumar that significant developments had occurred at 5pm on Tuesday.

Solicitor for the second, third and fourth respondent Jon Apted said he had signed the notice of discontinuance on behalf of his clients Dubbo Limited, Barton Limited and Farleigh Limited.

Counsel representing the TLTB Paul Yaqona had no objections.

The consent order agreed to by all parties stipulates that TLTB shall provide to landowners a certified copy of the Deed of Settlement made between TLTB and/or Dubbo Limited, Barton Limited and Farleigh Limited on September 22, 2015.

The copy shall be made available to landowners by no later than 4pm on October 17, 2018 and shall be delivered to the office of the landowners’ lawyers; Messrs Naco Chambers.

Parties also agreed that TLTB shall pay the landowners their costs of proceedings.

Sixth respondent Avoser Challenge Limited, which was represented by Reddy Nandan Lawyers, was dismissed from proceedings yesterday.

Edited by Percy Kean

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