Fresh contempt case against MCC

National, Normal
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By JEFFREY ELAPA

THE principal plaintiff to the Ramu nickel mine deep sea tailing case filed a fresh application in the National Court for contempt of court against Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Ltd.
Louis Medaing said the fresh application was taken against the company and two of its employees and a ward councillor for assaulting, threatening and intimidating members of the Tong and Ongeg clans to withdraw from or discontinue the proceedings.
He claimed that since he instituted the legal proceedings on Sept 24 to seek a permanent injunction to restrain MCC from dumping five million tonnes of mine waste into Astrolabe bay annually, his family and clan members had been put under intense pressure by the mine owners (MCC) to discontinue the case.
However, he said since the legal proceedings were filed in the National Court in Madang he acted on behalf of himself and 38 other members of the Tong and Ongeg clans from the Rai Coast area.
He claimed that the Tong and Ongeg clan members who make up the plaintiffs and who were not employees of MCC had also been threatened that unless they withdraw or discontinue the proceedings, all Tong and Ongeg members employed by MCC would be sacked.
He said clan members who make up the plaintiffs but who are also employees of MCC had been individually told to sign documents which would withdraw them from the case, on threat of termination from employment.
He said because of this intimidation, he filed an application in the National Court for contempt of court against the company and its employees Jacky Wang and Tonny Nongi as well as ward councillor Dongembu Dugai, particularly for assaulting, threatening and intimidating the members of Tong and Ongeg to make them withdraw the case.