Surveyors, Land Sellers and Buyers Beware – Criminal Conveyance of Land Law in motion

first_imgDue to the numerous land conflicts in the county, the Government of Liberia has passed into law “An Act Against the Criminal Conveyance of Land”. Criminal Conveyance means that anybody who knowingly, willfully or purposely transfer or deliver something such as a right or property to another person or persons or group of persons or an institution or institutions through dishonest means will face the full force of the Law.The Act was signed by President Sirleaf on August 26, 2014 after it was passed by the both Houses on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 and Monday, September 3, 2014 respectively.The Act Against Criminal Conveyance of Land, published into Handbills by authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is an amendment of Chapter 15 Subchapter B, Section 15.21 of the Penal Law of Liberia.The Law says, a person is guilty of criminal conveyance of land, a felony of the second degree, if he/she conveys to another through sale, gift or mortgage and or lease, a parcel of land that he/she has no title to by purchase, gift or inheritance evidenced by a deed, traceable to the Republic of Liberia, from the lawful owner or by any other lawful means.The Law also says that a person is guilty of third degree felony if he/she knowingly purchases a parcel of land which he/she knows or have reason to know does not belong to the seller or is being criminally conveyed. A surveyor who encourages, persuades, surveys, uses his influence or in any other way participates or conspires with anyone in the sale or purchase of a parcel of land, knowing or being in the position to know that the seller of such land has no lawful title is guilty of a first degree felony punishable by both a fine to be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, and a prison term of not less than ten (10) years.Additionally, a surveyor who surveys a land without a notice to all adjoining property owners, consistent with existing law, regulation or executive order or procedure, is guilty of a felony of the third degree.The Law further states that a district commissioner, land commissioner, city mayor, township commissioner, or any other local government official, or a person charged with the responsibility to archive land deeds and records, or traditional chief, elder, or any person holding a powerful traditional position, who abuses his/her authority to unduly influence or compel an individual or group of individuals to convey a parcel of land or any portion thereof, knowing or being in position to know that the land so conveyed belongs not to the person or persons conveying same or knowing or being in the position to know that without the use of such influence or compulsion a conveyance of said land is not possible is guilty of a felony of the second degree.A legislator or a person holding a national level position such as minister, deputy minister, director general, deputy director general, any ranking officer of a law enforcement agency, or any other public official or law enforcement officer who abuses his/her office by influencing or compelling the conveyance of a parcel of land, knowing or having reason to know that without the use of such influence or compulsion a conveyance of said land is not possible is guilty of a second degree felony.A person guilty of Criminal Conveyance of land maybe sentenced in the following manner:A person guilty of a second degree felony shall be given a prison term of not more than five (5) years and made to restitute an amount equal to double the gain received from the criminal conveyance of land, for the first offense. A person guilty of criminal conveyance for the second time shall be given a mandatory five (5) year prison term, the maximum prison term for a second degree felony and required to restitute the amount equal to double the gain received from the criminal conveyance of land. Any other repeated offence shall be punishable similarly, with not right of parole or probation. A person guilty of a third degree felony under this law shall be punished by both a fine to be determined by court, the maximum which shall not be more than double the gain and a prison term of not more than three (3) years. A surveyor guilty of a first degree felony under this law shall be punished both by a fine and a prison term of not less than ten (10) years and a permanent revocation of his license to practice as a surveyor.The minimum length of a person guilty under this subchapter shall be imprisoned for is one (1) year for a third degree felony, three (3) years for a second degree felony and five (5) years for a first degree felony.The good thing about this Law is that it excuses no one; whether you are big person in government or an ordinary man in the street, the Law will hold you accountable if you sell land to more than one person. Therefore, those who are criminally selling land, buyers and surveyors, please control yourself and avoid the double sale of land. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stopped from entering temple, say Dalit women

first_imgA Dalit women from a village in Gujarat’s Botad district have alleged they were denied entry inside a Lord Shiva temple by villagers, the police said on Sunday. However, the police said that women in general are not allowed entry into the newly constructed temple in the district.The incident occurred yesterday when some Dalit women had gone to the temple to offer prayers to the deity on the occasion of the Hindu month of Shravan, considered auspicious by devotees of Lord Shiva, a police official said.last_img

Agri Ministry to Work with NEPA to Prevent Environmental Breaches

first_imgStory Highlights Agro-Investment Corporation (AIC) cited for environmental breaches Minister pleased with the progress of the Agro Parks that are up and running Minister apologised for the breach adding that the AIC will comply with orders of NEPA Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Ministry will be working closely with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), to guard against environmental breaches as it carries out its various projects.Minister Clarke’s comments came on Friday, July 25, following a tour of the Amity Hall Agro Park in St. Catherine, where NEPA had served the Agro-Investment Corporation (AIC), with both a cessation order and an enforcement order.NEPA, on June 19, cited environmental breaches during a river cleaning exercise and ordered that immediate remedial steps be taken to mitigate the impact by July 26.The Minister said he is confident that the deadline will be met and also informed that he had made a commitment to NEPA for greater collaboration.“I said to NEPA that if we find ourselves in this sort of situation again, where a river must be cleaned to deal with the drainage, we would want them to guide us as to how you can clean the river without removing trees they do have the expertise to do so,” Minister Clarke said.He apologised for the breach and said that the AIC, which is the implementing agency for the nine Agro Parks to be developed across the island, is well on its way with complying with the orders of NEPA. He said that there is already re-growth in the area that the agency had cited.In the meantime, the Minister said he is pleased with the progress of the Agro Parks that are up and running.At Amity Hall, approximately 800 acres of land have been cleared of which Caribbean Broilers has already planted some 130 acres of sorghum. In the other areas, smaller farmers were planting onions, okras, peppers and a number of other crops.The Ministry, through the AIC, is engaging some 3,237 hectares (8,000 acres) of land in the production of a number of critical crops across nine Agro Parks. Another two parks are expected to come on stream by the end of the year.The parks are being developed through a partnership involving the Government, farmer/investors and the private sector. They are part of the Government’s strategic priorities aimed at reducing the high food import bill.In all instances, what is produced in the Agro Parks will be tied to a specific market.last_img read more