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Jul 5, 2019

Attorney says Contract was Proposed to Squatters

Brandon Usher

According to Usher, the land in question; Parcel 1999, was privately acquired in 1991 and has remained in private hands.  The owner, he says, is Lu Tsu-Tieh.  In order to amicably settle the dispute, Usher says a contract was shared with the Area Representative for Freetown, Francis Fonseca, for him to take back to the affected families, but no response was forthcoming.


Brandon Usher, Attorney

“The land is owned by Mr. Lu Tsu-Tieh. He is the legal owner of the land by land certificate, dating as far back as 1991. He has given power attorney to actually Jason Chang to deal with matters on the land. As of now, we can say that we have tried resolving the issue with the squatters via contract giving them a period of three years to allow them time to relocate. We have funneled this through honorable Francis Fonseca and we haven’t gotten response back from that contact. We had given them a deadline. The deadline has passed. Because my client wanted a very amicable settlement to this entire matter we had extended it to everybody in the area. And it wasn’t by rent or anything like that. It was by a license to remain on the land for three years. They would just have to keep the property maintain, basically being security for the land for the period of three years which they would have used to relocate.”


Hipolito Novelo

“And none of the residents agreed to the contract?”


Brandon Usher

“We had given the contract to Mr. Fonseca. This was I believe in mid March. We have given him to the end of March. He asked for the end of April and by the end of May we had enough.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Do you know whether or not the resident got the contract?”


Brandon Usher

“I am not sure. He had indicated to my client tht he would be at that point I think it was at the end of May, returning signed contracts to us. But at that point the deadline had far gone.”


Fonseca told News Five, that the day they were to submit the agreements, the attorney informed him via e-mail that his client had instructed him not to accept the agreements any longer and that there would be no further negotiations.  And while the matter is in the court, Fonseca says that the residents face continued intimidation and harassment. As for the ‘power of attorney’ document, Fonseca believes that it is fraudulent and intends to establish that in court.  The document was the signature of Eric Chang whom it seems is still a commissioner of the Supreme Court and Senior Justice of the Peace despite his name being called out in the immigration scandal.  Interestingly, the U.D.P. Freetown standard bearer, OJ Elrington, had announced that he had negotiated an agreement but the issue remains a thorny one.

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