Source: Da Hound
MCC, the Chinese mining company at the centre of controversy over its plans to dump 100 million tons of mine waste into the sea in Papua New Guinea, seems desperate to stop a new plaintiff joining the court case that will challenge the legality of its environmental permit.
While the original three plaintiffs are still missing, after a dramatic opening day to the trial of their case, with no word on their whereabouts, landowner Louis Medaing will today, Wednesday, ask the court to allow him to join the proceedings as a new plaintiff.
But he is under huge pressure from threats and intimidation from MCC.
After court yesterday, Tuesday, MCC representatives rushed to Louis’ village and gathered the leaders from around the area to tell them to tell Louis to NOT proceed with the court case. From that meeting MCC selected certain leaders who they have now brought to Madang to try to meet with Louis prior to todays court hearing to tell him to withdraw his application.
MCC have also told Louis’ brothers that if the marine dumping of the mine waste is stopped because of the court case there will be ‘serious consequences’ for Louis. Louis has taken that as a threat to his personal safety and that of his family.
Louis, from Tugyay Village in Basamuk, has been concerned about the planned dumping of waste into the sea for over 10 years.
After being ignored by the authorities and MCC, earlier this month he approached the lawyers representing landowners opposed to the dumping of waste by MCC and asked if he could join the case as a plaintiff. His original application was presented to the Court two weeks ago but was adjourned by the judge to be heard in Madang yesterday.
But in a dramatic day the original three plaintiffs failed to appear and MCC produced a fax alleging they had changed their allegiance. Judge Cannings has summoned the three to appear in Court today at 1:30 pm to explain their decision and deferred any consideration of Loius’ application until then.
In the meantime, Loius has informed his brothers to tell MCC not to waste their time. He has no intention of talking to them or withdrawing his application. He said he’s been trying to talk to MCC for years and he’s been ingorned – and now all of a sudden they want to talk…