Guam natives given go-ahead to sue over land taken in Second World War

    by Nicholas Fillmore, Courthouse News
    Tuesday, 5 April 2016 12:03 BST

Cityscape of the main hotel district in Tumon, Guam April 13, 2001. The U.S. territory is now approaching one of its peak tourist seasons of the year.

A U.S. federal judge has ruled that native landowners in Guam whose properties were confiscated for military operations during the Second World War have the right to sue for compensation. 

Guam, an unincorporated U.S. territory in the Western Pacific Ocean, was occupied by Japanese forces after the Pearl Harbour attacks of 1941, and recaptured by the U.S. two-and-a-half years later. 

During the war, the U.S. Navy built military bases across large swathes of the land, which later became the island's main commercial airport.

The lead plaintiff in the class action suit, Vicente Palacios Crawford, says his family were never fully compensated for the loss of ancestral property, on what is now some of the island territory's most valuable land.

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