Video: Historic Land Losses Commission

September 8, 2020 | 8 Comments

[Updated] A hearing is being held for the Commission of Inquiry into Historic Losses of Land in Bermuda today [Sept 8], and it is being streamed live by the Government media, who posted the video below captioned, “The Government of Bermuda holds a commission to review the question of historic losses of land in Bermuda.”

Update: The live broadcast has concluded and the 62-minute replay is below

Update 2.50pm: A spokesperson said, “The Commission of Inquiry into Historic Land Losses in Bermuda would like to invite the public to view the proceedings of the evidentiary hearings which commenced on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 10am.

“The live stream can be viewed live via CITV on the Bermuda Government Facebook page. Following today’s session, the hearings may be viewed online on our website at: www.historiclandlosscoi.bm

“Pursuant to the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1935, this Commission of Inquiry was established on 31st October 2019 by the Premier, the Honourable E. David Burt JP MP. The Commission has been directed to inquire into historic losses of citizens’ property in Bermuda.

“The Commission reiterates that it is not a court of law, and it cannot issue any orders that will address individual land losses or attempt to provide an individual remedy for such loss. Rather, it must determine whether a claim is an example of a systemic “ land grab” . It is required to report its findings and recommendations to the Government, and in the event of possible criminal wrongdoing it will report it to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further action.

“Persons wishing to contact the commission may do so via email secretarycoihll@gmail or in person at 4th Floor, Sophia House, #48 Church Street. For telephone inquiries please call 400-3690.”

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  1. A waste of time says:

    …. he says the findings are neither legally binding nor enforceable” so WTF is this all about? Likewise people submitted claims of wrongdoing without any finger pointed at individuals responsible so how can there be justice unless the PLP plans to hold the Boogeyman accountable (like always)?

  2. George says:

    “The Legislation did not set up this Commission as an arbiter of civil liability….. it only has the power to make recommendations to the Government………..to refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecution………..not up to the Commission to make a determination of criminal culpability.”

  3. Joe Bloggs says:

    What a coincidence. The PLP Government is airing this Commission’s hearings in the runup to an election

  4. Munchies says:

    Did you hear about the fundraiser?

  5. Slips says:

    “Rather, it must determine whether a claim is an example of a systemic “ land grab”.
    Divide white and black as much as possible…election coming
    “and in the event of possible criminal wrongdoing it will report it to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further action.”
    Prosecute someone from 100 years ago?

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