1 Aug 2006

Fiji court halts Ba landowners road blockage

10:12 am on 1 August 2006

The Fiji High Court has ordered indigenous landowners at Ba to lift a blockage of the sugar cane railway lines they set up three weeks ago.

Radio Legend reports that Lautoka judge, John Connors, issued the order after the Sugar Cane Growers Council filed an application for an injunction against the blockade.

The council chief executive, Jaganath Sami, says Justice Connors has ordered the landowners to lift the blockade and attend court proceedings.

Mr Sami says court papers have been served on the landowners, the Native Lands Trust Board and the Fiji Sugar Corporation who have been summoned to the Lautoka High Court tomorrow afternoon.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has refused to pay the landowners claim for 53-thousand US dollars in compensation before they agree to renew the railway land lease.

The corporation chairman, Charles Walker, says the blockade is illegal and any compensation payment would be unfair to those landowners who have been following the law.