Thursday, November 19, 2015


Seychelles Party for Social Justice & Democracy (SPSD) is asking for a full investigation into the corrupt land deal of H8822 involving Christian Lionnet and his brother that was sold for SR1. The Minister must resign with immediate effect.

Are these music studios?
Earlier this year on En Moman avek Prezidan, James Michel stated that corruption is just a perception and political propaganda.  He also asked the people of Seychelles to provide proof so he can crack down on these people. Here is the proof and here is your chance Mr President. The people of Seychelles will judge you by your actions.

The Scam
The well published land allocation policy of this government is one piece of land per person or if you have (private) land already you cannot get government land. It seems this policy went out of the window on this SR1 land scam. The brother of Minister Lionnet already had land before this transaction, namely H2684 and H8110. H8110 was sub divided to H8352 and later sold. They even attempted to mask the corruption by adding a condition that the “property shall be used solely for the purpose of a residential music studio”. The people of Seychelles do not like to be taken as fools anymore. Christian Lionnet must resign!

By A.Pierre

Monday, November 2, 2015


Prisoners being detained at the prison on Marie Louise Island are claiming that they are being threatened by the authorities on the island.

This week, LSH got a call from a family member of one of the detainees saying her brother has alleged to her that he had been threatened with a pistol.

“My brother is fearful of his life and so am I”, explained the sister.

According to the sister, the issue got out of hand after her brother had inquired about the fish they are being fed because of the dead fish phenomenon currently facing the country. In a letter sent earlier this year to LSH, prisoners complained about their diet, which composed mainly of fish and conserved food.

“My brother has made his mistake and is doing his time, but I don’t see why the authorities at the prison should use their pistols to threaten his life.”

The sister told LSH that she has called the office of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Charles Bastienne, to report the incident. This was on Tuesday and she said she spoke to the secretary.

LSH has also learnt that this incident is not an isolated case and that many other prisoners are being threatened with arms.

The prisoners on Marie Louise have also complained about many issues from a lack of health officers on the island, potable water and their diet.

Prisoners on Marie Louise can only see their relatives twice a year. They are brought down to Mahé by plane.

Since its creation in 2012, the Marie Louise prison has had two heads as the first one, Ronald Ernesta, resigned earlier this year. He has been replaced by Felix Flore.

LSH sent an email to the Personal Assistant of the Minister for Internal Affairs in which Miss Beryl Pillay replied that the “content is well noted” and she “will bring the matter to the attention of Minister Bastienne and will revert in due course.”

Source: Le Seychellois Hebdo

Sunday, November 1, 2015


In a press conference held last week, Mrs Alexia Amesbury, the first female presidential candidate and lawyer gave a telling press conference late last week in which she spoke on diverse issues. Central to her discourse was the scourge of corruption. While everybody present was expecting the announcement of her running mate for the upcoming presidential elections, she was focused on ensuring that two ministers will have to resign shortly. She will provide all evidence of their corrupt practices in the coming days.

Corruption and allegations of corruption are not alien to the incumbent government though they have survived the storm thus far. Mrs Amesbury is sure, two ministers will not outlive the revelations she will make public.

In the meantime Minister Vincent Meriton’s daughter, Vladislava Vincentovna Meriton has bought land at Glacis; she is busy building. Going by her NIN number, she must have been made a citizen of Seychelles only three years ago. It is without doubt that someone high up the echelon of power has been behind the transfer because two portions of land (Parcels H10904 and H10906) had to be amalgamated into one (H10908) to suit lady Meriton. Minister Meriton, the papa of lady Meriton oversaw the whole transaction as per power of attorney vested in him by his daughter. Some people know how to get things done properly.

The PS that signed the document
While many Seychellois find it hard to buy land from government even if they have the cash, others manage to do so without much hassle. The 1851 square meters of land has been transferred for a sum well below the market value of land. Is this anomaly enough to request the resignation of Minister Meriton?

Source: Seychelles Weekly


The Constitutional Court has ordered the Land Registrar to transfer back a plot of land sold to PS (Principal Secretary) Maryse Berlouis by the government in 2010, and has ordered the former to return the land to its rightful owner within 30 days of its retransfer.

The court made the order on Tuesday when it said the sale of the land in question was illegal and in violation of the petitioner’s right to property.

It explained that the land was sold to PS Berlouis whilst protracted negotiation was underway, meaning the government was already under obligation to return it to its former owner.

Under the constitution, more specifically Schedule 7, the government is obligated to return land to former owners, in instances where it is undeveloped or there is no plan for development.

The court concluded that in selling it to PS Berlouis five years ago, the government deliberately ignored the constitution which says land cannot be returned in two instances, when it is in the public interest, or when it is developed or there is a future plan for development.

Schedule 7 was thought up to exclusively limit the free rein the government enjoyed during one party state to acquire land.

It imposes that land acquired prior to 1993 is returned to rightful owners, or in the event this is not practical, owners are compensated for losses incurred.

The underlying principle of the Schedule is to assert that no more land is acquired by the state unless it is in the public interest, or to correct injustices of the past when those whose land was taken could not seek recourse.

In that instance the court explained that in the case of the land sold to PS Berlouis, the transfer did not convey any lawful title onto her, since the transfer was illegal to being with in the first place.

It accordingly declared the transfer null and void, noting that the court cannot rely on its own illegal act not to transfer the land back to the petitioner.

The petitioner’s claim throughout the 8-years the trial has been ongoing was that the sale was illegal since it failed to award proper regard to the country’ constitution, which says the government has a constitutional obligation to return land acquired under the one party rule to the people who held ownership of these lands prior to July of 1993.

It was argued that in awarding the land to PS Berlouis, the state rendered a favour to the PS, insisting that people of her status should not be in position to purchase land from the government.

 Furthermore it claimed that the sale placed the government in a position to later claim that it is not in a position to return the land, as it no longer held its deed.

This is exactly the position the government took in court, leading the latter to conclude that the transfer was done in bad faith.

PS Berlouis for her part claimed she was a bona-fide purchaser of the land, asserting that she paid a sum of R175,000 for the transfer.

The court however said her claim is very much in doubt, given that she was a high government official at the time of the purchase, being the Principal Secretary for Investment, Entrepreneurship, Development and Business Innovation.

It said the least the PS could do is to advance a claim through a civil suit, which anyhow cannot overturn the ruling of the Constitutional Court, for the petitioner holds the supreme rights to the land, and not her.

Speaking to LSH afterwards, a jubilant petitioner said he had waited eight years for the good news.

Source: Le Seychellois Hebdo