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Freesoul given final extension to pay the remaining $270,000

Published date: 10-Mar-2023

Freesoul Real Estate Development Limited has been given a final six months to pay the remaining $270,000 of the $1 million fine that was handed down in April last year.

They were found guilty and fined for two counts of undertaking unauthorized developments in Malolo Island in 2018.

High Court Judge, Justice Daniel Goundar was informed today that Freesoul has already paid $730,000.

The State did not object to the extension provided that this would be the last extension sought by Freesoul.

They have to pay the remaining amount before 2nd August and the case will be called again on the 4th of August.

The charges against Freesoul relate to the failure to comply with a Prohibition Notice issued by the Department of Environment in June 2018 and carrying out of resort development activity in Malolo without an approved Environmental Impact Assessment Report.

High Court Judge, Justice Daniel Goundar had also ordered Freesoul to post a refundable environmental bond of $1.4 million with the Department of Environment and rehabilitate the affected areas to the satisfaction of the Department at its own expenses.

He says once the affected areas have been rehabilitated to the satisfaction of the Department of Environment, the bond may be refunded to the offender.