The Department of Land Registry has denied claims it has been tampering with official documents and causing Virgin Islanders to lose ownership of their lands.
In a statement on October 9 this year, Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie stood in the House of Assembly and made statements that suggested that the department was unlawfully altering official registration documents to make them different from select landowners’ copy of those documents.
The department condemned the Opposition Leader for making those allegations.
“Members of the staff [of the Land Registry] are of the view that if an alleged irregularity was brought to the attention of the Honourable member of the House (Fahie), the more appropriate channels could have been used to fully investigate the complaint,” the department said in a letter read to the House by the minister responsible for land, Dr Kedrick Pickering, on Thursday.
The department said, ‘to the best of their knowledge’, the statements from Fahie were “baseless and unwarranted”.
“The members of the staff are dismayed at the insinuations contained in the statements … This situation brings into question by the public the credibility of the department. Further, it can potentially undermine the character of each and every member of staff,” Dr Pickering read.
He continued: “It must be made known that the alteration of any official document is governed principally by the Registered Land Act, Cap 229. Because the department is concerned about the possible implication of the statement, the department hereby seeks to have the statements clarified.”
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