Freesoul has no approval to work on Malolo, Environment director tells court

High Court orders were issued last year to stop work or prevent employees of Freesoul Real Estate Development (Fiji) PTE Ltd from entering land owned by landowning units on Malolo Island. Pictures: SUPPLIED/FT FILE

Freesoul Real Estate Development (Fiji) PTE Limited currently does not have any approval from the Department of Environment to carry out any works on Malolo Island.

This was revealed by Environment Director Sandeep Singh while giving evidence during trial before Suva Magistrate Seini Paumau today.

Ms Singh took the stand today and told the court that the Department of Environment was made aware of the alleged illegal activities at Malolo Island by the then Director of Lands via an email on May 29, 2018.

She told the court that one of the environment officers had accompanied a team from the Department of Lands  to inspect the site on June 1, 2018, and upon the information she had received  from her officer, she had issued a prohibition notice on the same day.

Freesoul is facing allegations of undertaking unauthorised developments and of failure to comply with a prohibition notice.

The trial continues this afternoon.

More detailed reports from this afternoon’s court proceedings will be published


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