TLTB and Denarau landowners agree to share documents

Some of the Denarau landowners with their lawyers in Suva on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

A SETTLEMENT has been done in court today between the landowners who own the Denarau land on which two major resorts are built on and the iTaukei Land Trust Board.

Three hundred and forty-five landowners own the land on which Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa and Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa sit on and they had grievances with TLTB after they were refused access to information.

The landowners had stated that the negotiation and conclusion of the deed of settlement was not disclosed to them and the documents were not made available to them either.

Julian Moti QC who is representing the landowners informed the court that they had come to a settlement whereby the TLTB had agreed to release the documents.

Judge Justice Kamal Kumar has agreed to the settlement between the parties.

Mr Moti said the 345 applicants would seek solicitor client cost from the TLTB, and once they had decided on the cost, they would inform the TLTB.

The 345 applicants are represented by Mr Moti, Suva lawyers Akuila Naco and Lavenia Raisua.

Apart from TLTB, three other companies are also named in the action who are Dubbo Limited, Barton Limited and Farleigh Limited who are represented by Jon Apted and Wen Fi Chen of Munro Leys.

TLTB is represented by Paul Yaqona and Iva Suveinakama, and the AG’s Chambers is represented by Laniana Raikatalau.

More on this story in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and in our E-Edition.

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