Invitation to submit evidence of land grabs
People with evidence over historic land grabs have been invited to make submissions to a Commission of Inquiry.
The inquiry, to be headed by retired Puisne Judge Norma Wade-Miller, will investigate property thefts at a series of public hearings to be scheduled later this year.
The commission said in an advertisement in The Royal Gazette on Wednesday that it wanted evidence or information on “historic losses of citizens’ property in Bermuda through theft of property, dispossession of property, adverse possession claims and/or such other unlawful or irregular means by which land was lost in Bermuda”.
Anyone who wants to give evidence to the commission, or present relevant information, should make an application to the Secretary of the Commission at Sofia House on Church Street, or, alternatively, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 16.
A planning hearing, where the commission will then decide on how it will proceed, will be held at the Cricket Pavilion on the National Sports Centre North Field on March 19.
A motion by the late Progressive Labour Party MP Walton Brown, for a Commission of Inquiry into all known claims of property loss or dispossession, was passed by the House of Assembly in 2014.
Mrs Justice Wade-Miller will be joined by lawyers Lynda Milligan-Whyte and Maxine Binns, business manager Frederica Forth, Wayne Perinchief, a former PLP MP, environmentalist Jonathan Starling and Quinton Stovell Jr, a land surveyor.
The inquiry was designed to collect evidence on the extent of historic property losses.
The commission will draw up a list of all land connected to historic losses and identify the people or corporate bodies responsible.
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