Erosion in Soulac-sur-mer: the owners of a building rejected

The Constitutional Council dismissed Friday the owners of a building in Soulac-sur-Mer (Gironde), threatened with collapse and evacuated since 2014, who are fighting to recognize the dune erosion under natural hazards giving right to compensation.

"Le Signal", a four-storey building built in 1967 200 meters from the shore, is only about ten meters from the ocean, on a small dune ready to collapse . The 75 owners were evacuated by prefectural decree, but not compensated under the so-called "Barnier" fund for major natural risks.

The Constitutional Council was seized of the conformity with the Constitution of an article of the code of the environment , by the co-owners who were rejected successive appeal, until the Council of State which examined the case in January.

This article (L561-1) lists the conditions of declaration of public utility of the expropriation (land movements, avalanches, marine submersion, etc.) but at no time cites dune erosion.

The lawyer for the co-owners had filed a priority question of constitutionality (QPC) concerning the conformity of this article with the Constitution, in the name of the equality of citizens before the law

At the hearing of the Conseil d'Etat, the public protractor had questioned the distinction between dune erosion and marine submersion. Without deciding the debate, he noted the importance of equal treatment of citizens before the law and recommended that the QPC be transmitted to the Constitutional Council.

The latter, in his decision, held that the complaint of lack of knowledge of the principle of equality before the law "must be set aside"

The Sages reiterate that the contested provisions "do not include the risk of coastal erosion" and that the legislator wanted to establish a solidarity mechanism, not " for all the owners of a property exposed to a natural risk, but only (to) to expropriate, against compensation those exposed to certain natural risks. "

" We run up against a wall ", reacted on Friday president of the syndicate of co-owners, Jean-José Guichet, evoking a "flagrant injustice", a "mistreatment for years". He considers that the state "is afraid of jurisprudence" and that the signal file "annoys everyone."

He alerted on the case of "several co-owners in a dramatic financial situation" to continue to repay apartments , inherited for some, "zero value, and without compensation".

The Council of State should now decide on the merits in the coming months.

The co-owners, for their part, hope through the Senate to be able to influence a proposal for a law on coastal adaptation to climate change.

Chief Thai Police Chief Admits Borrowing Money from Brothel Owners

Former Chief of Police of Thailand, Somyot Poompanmoung, claimed to have received a loan from a brothel owner who is now a fugitive over sex trade cases. The loan was called to reach the amount of US $ 9.5 million (Rp 126.9 billion).

As reported by AFP Thursday (15/2/2018), in the interrogation held today, Somyot reported has admitted to receiving large amounts of money loan at Bangkok's 'Victoria Secret' brothel owner, who is now the focus of a sex trade probe.

The place has permission as a massage place, but in practice it becomes a brothel. The brothel was raided by police last month, with about 100 sex workers secured. There are at least 13 sex trafficking victims among the sex workers, some of whom are underage and known to have originated from Myanmar.

But to journalists, Somyot is reluctant to disclose his testimony during interrogation by the Special Investigation Department DSI) to the Thai Police. He was asked about his relationship with Kampol Wirathepsuporn, owner of 'Victoria Secret' who is now a fugitive. "I am here as a witness to give information, I can not talk about the details," said Somyot who now runs the Thai Football Association.

This place is one of the 'massage parlors' in Bangkok that offer sex services in dozens of booths private bathub equipped. Prostitution is technically a violation of the law in Thailand. But the prostitution industry is growing rapidly due to the culture of bribery and protection money from local authorities. The raid of a plus-plus massage parlor like this is only done when there is an alleged involvement of minors.

In the raid of 'Victoria Secret' some time ago, found a big book mentioning 20 names of officials allegedly receiving free food, free liquor and even free massage from illegal business.

At least seven pimps and related agencies' Victoria Secret 'has been detained on trafficking charges. But Kampol and his wife are still at large. The Thai authorities are still investigating officials suspected of 'protecting' the brothel.

In a separate statement, the Director of the Bureau of Trafficking in DSI Supat Thamthanarug confirmed that no criminal charges were charged to Somyot in this case.

Last week , Somyot had called Kampol an old friend who helped him financially when needed. Somyot said the loans from Kampol were granted according to the legal corridor and reported to the Anti-Corruption Agency by 2015. It was clear that Somyot was still Chief of the National Police of Thailand

"Borrowing is borrowing, helping is helpful and afterwards the money returned, "said Somyot who tried to brush off allegations of lawlessness against him. He also declared himself not asking where the borrowed money came from.

The relationship between the high-ranking police officer and the brothel owner still provokes the Thai public's attention. Some time ago, Thai Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan was pushed back because of the dozens of luxury watches he wore in recent years.

(nvc / dhn)

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