Wednesday, 6 June 2012

War-displaced landowners can claim property

Absentee land and property owners in the once war-ravaged north and east will be able to reclaim ownership under a new law, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said yesterday.
There will be an independent mechanism to settle disputes connected with land and property, he told the Sunday Times. In terms of existing laws, he said, a person holding uninterrupted “adverse” possession for ten years is entitled to ownership.
The 30-year-long separatist war led to persons occupying land or holding immovable property like houses after the owners were displaced or disadvantaged, he said. Mr. Hakeem was in Kuwait yesterday.

(Source: Sunday Times)

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