Gov’t to fight compensation ruling connected to Taipa land expropriation

The Secretary for Administration and Justice, André Cheong, stated today (Thursday) that the Macau SAR government has already filed an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal (TUI) over a recent court decision that mandated authorities pay more than MOP100 million (US$12.5 million) in compensation for the expropriation of a land plot in Taipa.

The Court of Second Instance (TSI) this week issued a ruling ordering the local government and municipal authorities will have to provide a compensation of more than MOP100 million and return a land plot in Taipa to an undisclosed company due to failure to register a land expropriation in 1918.

The case dates back to 1913 when an individual bought with a total of 24,498 square meters in Taipa, along Estrada Almirante Magalhães Correia, Estrada the Ponta da Cabrita and Avenida Padre Tomás Pereira, which was reclaimed by the local government five years later.

After several ownership changes the court this year concluded that as the expropriation was never registered, the current company is thus recognized as the owner of the land with compensation due to the fact that the portion used by the roads cannot be returned.

Therefore the Macau SAR government was condemned to pay MOP31 million plus interest, and the IAM was ordered is to pay MOP45 million and MOP702,460.00 for each month after November 10, 2014, about MOP49 million.

André Cheong underlined that the Macau SAR Government respects the court’s decision, but that since authorities do not agree with the sentence they decided to appeal to the TUI.

Accoridng to the Secretary, in 1918 the Portuguese Administration, with valid legal grounds, expropriated the referred land, made the due payment and published it in the Official Gazette.

The Macau SAR Government also has doubts about the authenticity and validity of the public deed signed in Portugal, in 1997 by one of the people that claimed ownership to the land plot.

He also reiterated that since the case is on-going as of now no compensation will have to be paid.