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Cablegate: Nicaragua: Gon Resolves Another U.S. Property Claim: Ligia

VZCZCXYZ0006
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMU #0917 2001750
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 181750Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANAGUA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2911
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID 0493
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS MANAGUA 000917

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/CEN, EB/IFD/OIA, AND L/CID
STATE ALSO FOR WHA/EPSC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON EINV NU
SUBJECT: NICARAGUA: GON RESOLVES ANOTHER U.S. PROPERTY CLAIM: LIGIA
ROJAS

REFS: A) MANAGUA 882 B) MANAGUA 883

SUMMARY
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1. (SBU) Since our last report (ref A), the Government of Nicaragua
(GON) has resolved one additional property claim during the current
waiver year -- a case registered by U.S. claimant Ligia Rojas, who
was a U.S. citizen at the time of the confiscation of her property.
As of July 17, 2008, the GON has resolved 39 U.S. citizen claims
belonging to 22 U.S. citizens registered with the Embassy. There
remain 300 U.S. citizens who await the resolution of 629
Embassy-registered claims.

GON RESOLVES CLAIM FOR LIGIA ROJAS
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2. (U) On July 17, Attorney General Hernan Estrada provided the
Embassy a copy of the final settlement document or "finiquito"
signed on July 8, 2008, by U.S. citizen Ligia Rojas. Mrs. Rojas
received indemnification bonds (BPIs) with a face value of $1,545,
523 for a 346 acre farm in the department of Esteli. The farm was
confiscated by the GON in December 1979. Mrs. Rojas was a U.S.
citizen at the time of confiscation.

Type of No. of Type of
Claimant Claim Claims Resolution
-------- ------- ------ ----------
Ligia Rojas Land 1 bonds


GON RESOLVES 39 CLAIMS DURING 2007-08 WAIVER YEAR
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3. (SBU) With the inclusion of Mrs. Rojas' resolved case, the GON
has resolved 39 U.S. citizen claims during this current waiver year
belonging to 22 U.S. citizens registered with the Embassy as of July
17, 2008. Between August 1, 2007, and July 17, 2008, the GON
compensated 37 claims belonging to 20 U.S. citizens via BPIs issued
with a face value of $6,755,238. The courts ruled during this
waiver year that property be returned to two U.S. claimants. In
addition, four U.S. claimants withdrew 11 claims registered with the
Embassy during this waiver year because they believed that they
could not provide sufficient evidence to support their cases. There
remain 300 U.S. citizens who await the resolution of 629
Embassy-registered claims.

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