Nazar Group of Companies have refuted a media report that claim their hotel project in Honiara has been delayed due to financial difficulties.
They said the report was baseless and absurd.
Nazar Chief executive Officer Sukru Cebi said:
“The Company wishes to clarify that a land parcel at the former Laperous area in Honiara was legally acquired and registered.
“The delay in commencing work on the hotel development was due to the High Court proceeding where certain companies and individuals are asserting their claims over the land.”
Sukru further stated that the signing of the MOU with Solomon Islands Government was entirely and totally distinct from the commencement of the hotel construction.
“The published article on the issue of hotel construction was utterly misleading and fallacious to say the least.
“Nazar Group of Companies has legal documents supporting the purchase of the area and if one cares to verify can easily confirm this information with the National Lands Department and the Honiara City Council.”
Cebi said at no time has the company made any such proposal to sell the land as claimed in the media report and has never had any meeting with owners of the Honiara Resort Company where the sale of the land was discussed.
“The only meeting we had been at the Prime Minister’s Office where the issue of access road and the High Court case were discussed.
“Nazar stands by its commitment to development the area and once the hiccups are over work will immediately commence.”
In relation to the recent statement issued by Bets Legal Services, Cebi said:
“Ben Etomea as a lawyer should have known better the process of debt recovery if there was a debt due and owing.
“It is ludicrous of a lawyer to be making unfounded allegations in the newspaper in an attempt to recover what never was due and owing.
“On the other three points which Atomea raised, it is unbecoming of a lawyer to publish instructions supplied by clients Atomea should look at legal remedies available to his client if he thinks our statements in the media were vexatious and untrue.
“On our part we will pursue our claims against Pawel Misiec in accordance to the laws of Solomon Islands and Pawel Misiec and his lawyer should get themselves prepared to defend their defamatory statements in a court of law.”
The Nazar CEO further calls on the Registrar of the High Court not to issue practicing certificate to lawyers who are doing free lancing and without a physical office to work from.
By CHARLEY PIRINGI