Thursday 28 February 2002
The villagers of
Papua New Guinea (PNG) are
caught in a legal tangle. They would
invite prosecution from their own
country's courts if they continue to
demand compensation for environmental damages resulting from
the Ok Tedi copper mine in PNG,
operated by Broken Hill
Proprietary, a large Australian
mining group. The group has won
a 60-day stay in its long-running
court battle. The Melbourne
Supreme Court recently adjourned
all compensation applications in
the light of the new PNG law which
bans such legal action in foreign
courts and provides for financial
and jail term penalties.
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