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Apr 6, 2016

Gaspar Vega Says He Kinda Regrets Paumen Land Debacle

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court found that millionaire investment and Dark Night owner Bradley Paumen had trespassed on land belonging to Michael Modiri. And that’s because the Ministry of Natural Resources had no power to compulsorily acquire Modiri’s land and to in essence gift it to Paumen so that he could build a road to access his private enterprise. The entire matter of the land has made the Ministry look bad because of the manner in which the land was seized, and the fact that it was not for a public purpose as was stated. Interestingly, giving testimony, Commissioner of Lands Wilbert Vallejos claimed that the acquisition was done as a directive from the Minister. That Minister at the time was Gaspar Vega, and today he told us that he probably has some regrets.


Gaspar Vega

Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture

“I have probably some regrets that probably we could have done it a different way. But I want everybody to know…because it has been insinuated that some Minister…that Minister was not me. The issue had gone to Cabinet and all we wanted to do was to ensure that the other businessman, and it’s not the first – we’ve had that issue constantly where people are being blocked off – sometimes it’s not businesses, it’s residences – where they get blocked off and you don’t have entry to your property. All we were trying to do is assist. The report that I had gotten was that it was a good investment from Paumen – I think that’s the company that we were trying to assist, and all the government was trying to do is assist with a roadway to the site and I don’t have any regrets for having signed on behalf of that company to tell you the truth. I think that we probably could have done it differently. As far as I understand the Court had ruled that the reason why it ruled against us, the Ministry of Natural Resources, is that we did not have the proper capacity of dictating well that was the best area for the road – it should have been Ministry of Works – so those technicalities…I’m just being straight up.”

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