An update on the AfriNIC situation

Owen DeLong owen at
Sat Aug 28 17:24:32 UTC 2021

> On Aug 28, 2021, at 10:02 , Masataka Ohta <mohta at> wrote:
> John Curran wrote:
>> Indeterminate at this time, since a “Freezing Order" issued via ex
>> party hearing doesn’t actually test the strength of the arguments, as
>> the affected party is not present to respond.  It is only when the
>> case for the validation of the order is heard that the strength of
>> the arguments could possibly be assessed.  Note - the full list of
>> cases filed are here <
>> <>> for reference.

I believe John is referring to the original ex parte order. However, this
ignores that AFRINIC got a hearing on the merits when they sought a
variance to the order. As AFRINIC announced, they did not get the
variance they sought, though the judge did grant them access to some
limited funds on a one time exceptional basis. Therefore, the implication
that the merits have not been evaluated is not entirely true.

> Then, several years will be lost if we wait Mauritius court
> settle the issue.
> A quick fix for the international internet community can be to
> abandon AfriNIC and establish, outside of Mauritius, a new entity,
> which may employ current AfriNIC employers, recognized by the international internet community.

I think this would be complicated and that the Mauritius court might take
a dim view of the assets fo AFRINIC trying to leave the country in the
dead of night to avoid court proceedings.


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