By JEFFREY ELAPA
A LAWYER representing a group of Basamuk Bay landowners in the Ramu nickel project court case in Madang said yesterday former Madang governor James Yali had tried to bribe staff at a hotel to reveal which room she was booked into at the hotel.
Human rights lawyer Tiffany Nonggorr said yesterday she had filed a police complaint that Yali was with six drunk colleagues who offered money to staff at Jais Aben Resort Hotels beach bar to show him her room.
Yali was sentenced to 12 years for rape of his sister-in-law while being the governor of Madang but is now out on parole.
Nonggorr, who is in Madang attending the Ramu nickel project matter for a directions hearing, said Yali and six drunk men went to Jais Aben looking for her at about 9pm on Sunday.
Yali and his colleagues attempted to bribe the two ladies on duty at the bar to find out where I was, after (Yali) had asked them but they said they did not know.
He persisted on them giving my room details.
This is not normal and is a very threatening behaviour.
I am very upset and feel very frightened, she said.
Nonggorr also said that last Friday, Yali had approached one of the plaintiffs in the case of Eddie Tarsie in the village on Rai Coast saying that he was acting on behalf of the national government.
She said he had also told Tarsie to pull out of the case and if he continued with the case and win it, then things would be bad for him.
One of the staff, who wanted to remain anonymous, confirmed Yali and six others confronted her for about an hour demanding she tell them where Nonggorr was living and even offered money.
Madang police commander Supt Anthony Wagambie Jr confirmed receiving Nonggorrs verbal complaint but added they could not follow up as she needed to submit her statement.
Nonggorr later said that she had formally lodged her complaint late yesterday afternoon at the Jomba police station.
Several attempts to contact Yali were unsuccessful.
In March, Rai Coast landowners Sama Melambo, Pommern ILG, Tarsie, Farina Siga and Peter Sel were granted an interim court order stopping the deep sea tailings placement (DSTP) offshore facility construction at Basamuk, claiming that the system was environmentally harmful.
The matter will be heard by the Madang National Court on Dec 21.
However, last week Melambo announced that he and Pommern ILG were withdrawing from the case and had also filed court papers to seek leave and await the government the project developer, Ramu NiCo, to come up with satisfactory environment and development package for the people of Rai Coast, which includes Basamuk.
In a separate but related move, four LLG presidents and a magistrate of the area filed affidavits at the Waigani National Court saying that they had not authorised Tarsie, Siga and Sel to be party to the proceedings initiated in March against Ramu NiCo and the state.
Just sad ...when a former MP goes after a female lawyer after hours..for whatever reason
September 7 2010, 3:22 PM
It is just sad to hear and read such a news item.
Hey, where is the Law Fraternity? Why should they keep silent?
The former MP has now terribly breached his conditions of parole. Whose side is the former MP on?
The police in Madang do not want to do what is right. I can only assume that the Police in Madang are all on other sidejobs payrolls - thanks to the former MP, Ramu Nico and the silent big time believers and doers of crime .
The Police Commissioner must also be on the former MP's payroll, that is why there can be no action...Come on.
During these times, seems like criminals are more preferred and trusted than coppers. After all where is the Law and Justice Sector? Are they just another sporting club or avenue where their workers chill out after chasing robbers?