24 Sep 2010

Judge disappointed over waste of time as plaintiffs in PNG's Ramu case withdraw

1:03 pm on 24 September 2010

The Judge presiding over the Papua New Guinea legal case about a marine tailings disposal system for Madang Province's Ramu nickel mine has granted the three plaintiffs leave to withdraw from the case.

The three landowner representatives, who took out an injunction stopping the Chinese nickel producer, Ramu NiCo's tailings pipeline, announced their intention to withdraw on the eve of the trial this week.

This morning, Justice David Cannings granted their withdrawal but chided the plaintiffs for wasting the court's time.

However, the case is not closed yet as the landowner's former lawyer, Tiffany Nonggorr, is filing an application for a new plaintiff by this afternoon.