RIA Land Dispute, Legal Team Issues Statement

The residents of the Roberts International Airport(RIA) and its environs headed by Morris Boer, Isaac Boer and Nimely Bestman have on 25 July, 2016, filed a formal lawsuit at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata, Margibi County through the Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa(JUPICA) against the Government of Liberia represented by the Ministry of Justice, Management of the Roberts International Airport(RIA) and a cartel of businesses associated with them including the Chinese Company, Sinohyro Construction, RIA Credit Union, the Management of Farmington Hotel, among others.

This latest action is the result of the failure of a peaceful dialogue initiated by the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) formerly Land Commission, about five years ago, during which the residents were advised to present their title deeds for possible compensation after it was established that the RIA Management which had been claiming the over 2600 acres of land since 1941 had no title deed or any legal instrument to support its claims.

The Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa (JUPICA), formerly Innocent Project Africa(INPA), was, and has been in the forefront of the negotiation exercise and has been working closely with the residents in the RIA area and the former Land Commission to amicably resolve this matter.

The path to a negotiated settlement became necessary after an iron-fisted tactic of terror and brutality adopted by the Government of Liberia to illegally and forcibly take away the property from the residents by the deployment of heavily armed riot police guards failed. This rebel-style behavior was challenged by JUPICA at the Supreme Court of Liberia by means of a petition for a writ of prohibition. Thereafter, an agreement was reached amongst the parties based on the mandate of the Justice presiding in chambers by assignment, His Honor Kabineh M Ja’neh that an investigative survey be conducted to determine the actual ownership of the property and all parties were accordingly advised to produce their respective title deeds for the conduct of the survey.

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Source: Globe Afrique Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.