Tannese landowner claims eviction exceeded boundary

A landowner on West Tanna, Peter Ias, claims the recent eviction undertaken by police in Letekren village exceeded the boundary and onto his land.

This, he alleged, included the destruction of houses and plants on his land which are not subjected to the court order.

He told the Daily Post that he has already filed a sworn statement in court in Port Vila to seek redress.

He showed a map showing different boundaries on his land.

Ias said he has met with police officials to register his concern in the way that the force members implemented the court order in what he terms ‘beyond the boundaries’ onto his land.

In response, the Police Media Unit denied the claim.

“The police are satisfied with the boundaries that has been evicted by court order on Tanna two weeks ago,” the Media Unit stated.

“The Court has issued an order regards to civil case No. 3848 for police to remove residents and gardens inside the area in Lapangnapek land, the court also ordered the destruction of gardens and any ongoing developments inside the area.

“The law is provided to the citizens of Vanuatu to pursue legal process if a citizen is not satisfy with the actions.”

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