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Guyana – Attorneys for affected Mocha squatters request pre-litigation mediation with gov’t

Guyana – Attorneys for affected Mocha squatters request pre-litigation mediation with gov’t

The deadline for government to signal its intention to pursue an out of court resolution with Cane View/Mocha residents will expire in a few days.

The residents, whose homes were demolished, and all their personal belongings destroyed by the government in  January, have retained lawyers.

On February 8, 2023, International Lawyer Dr. Vivian Williams, and Guyana-based Attorney Lyndon Amsterdam served notice on Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, that they have been retained by the aggrieved residents and are instructed to pursue a just resolution of their grievance. They have given the government seven days to initiate
settlement talks. That deadline will expire on February 15, 2023.

“The government erred in the way it handled this matter. The resort to the use of the coercive arms of the state was precipitate and without legal basis”, said Dr. Williams. However, the New York based attorney added that it is useful to give the government an opportunity to resolve the issue just before resorting to litigation.

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