NAURU GOVERNMENT HIT WITH LAW SUIT IN NORTHERN MARIANAS

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YAREN, Nauru (August 24, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The Republic of Nauru is facing a $500,000 lawsuit in the Northern Mariana Islands for allegedly failing to pay land lease fees and maintain in good condition the five-story Nauru Building it constructed on property leased for 30 years.

Court documents show the land owner, Blanco Estate, Inc., filed the lawsuit against Nauru's representative in the Northern Marianas on Wednesday.

The lawyer for the estate, Perry Inos, has asked the Superior Court in Saipan to issue a judgment terminating its lease agreement with Nauru and ordering the defendant to pay fees due from May 1, 2000, to the present.

He also sought a court order ordering Nauru to surrender the premises to the estate.

The estate is demanding $500,000 in punitive damages plus costs.

Mr. Inos also claims that the Nauru Building, constructed on the leased premises, has deteriorated.

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