It seems that the Saudi's are guilty of a small oversight in their dreams of the "Plantation Club/Kempinski Brothel and Hideaway - Baie Lazare". Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh's "European Hotels and Resorts Limited" have been constructing a road over the mountain, from the Anse Soleil Road, to be the new entrance road to the Seychelles Kempinski Resort - Baie Lazare. This seems to be so that they can close the original entrance to the hotel, opposite the Devoud's Val Mer Resort, which runs near the Sheikh's new villa. They presumably don't want to have inconvenient traffic driving by and prying into the goings-on at the villa, with the herds of tasty, young Eastern European girls who are shipped in for the "Boss" and his VIPs.
Unfortunately, they have built the beginning of their new road across a narrow strip of land belonging to a Baie Lazare family. Without permission, they excavated on this parcel of land and laid concrete culverts etc. Jean-Claude Michel informed Mr. Suliman Al-Dakhial, the famous "Suliman" of Baie Al-Zare - sorry, Baie Lazare - that he was trespassing on his family's land. Construction went ahead anyway. It seems that on Tuesday 31st May, Jean-Claude finally decided enough was enough and broke up the concrete construction on his family's land. He also went to the Baie Lazare Police Station to file a complaint for trespassing and damage to his property.
The following morning, Officer Jules Robinson, also a resident of Baie Lazare, paid an official visit to Suliman, who apparently had to be woken up, advised him of the complaints and asked him and, in so many words, to "cease and desist" his activities on this land. For those of you who do not know him, Officer Robinson is an enormous mountain of a man. One can only imagine the Arab stammering and shaking at having this terrifyingly huge representative of the Law in Seychelles appearing before his blurry eyes, first thing in the morning.
Mr. Suliman, presumably somewhat worried by this new development, called Jean-Claude Michel and basically asked him, in the arrogant Arab fashion, to "name his price". This Jean-Claude did, and it is fortunate that Suliman did not have a heart attack on the spot. Perhaps the lesson sank in that it is not his country, that not everyone can be bought like a whore and that Seychellois have a right not to sell their land to foreigners, if they do not want to.
This affair seems to put the aspirations of Suliman's boss in some jeopardy. The road built by the Saudis is on a very narrow strip of land which is only wide enough for a road reserve. The land either side is owned by Hotel Development Corporation Limited, a sister company of Ailee Development Corporation Limited, former owner of the Plantation Club, whose land was not stolen by the government, and I can assure you that it is definitely "off limits" for the Saudis, so there is no possibility of them diverting their new road either side. Their options are to re-open the original entrance, opposite Devoud's, or to go all the way around, up to Four Seasons, down the road to P'ti Gouvenmann and up the back-side to the new hotel.
Most believe that the Government will simply take the land and give it to the Saudis. If they can steal 180 acres from a group of bona fide foreign investors, they will surely have no trouble stealing 35 square metres of land from a local family.
A lawyer close to the matter said that the Government could not, nowadays, be seen to be taking people's land away and giving it to the Arabs. Nonetheless, SPPF/PL's reputation for doing this in the past sticks to them. Who wants to place a bet that they will not acquire this in the "National Interest" or "in the interest of Tourism in Seychelles"? Frankly, my money is on the Government.
Suliman, this is a lesson in life: You should learn to do your homework, like a good little boy, and not rely on bribing the teacher to pass your exam. I wonder what your boss will say if he finds out that his servant has made such a major cock-up.