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THE PEOPLE OF Karkar, Rempi and Kananam have filed a legal suit today to challenge the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone in Madang through their lawyer Tiffany Nonggorr.

President of Karkar Local Level Government Bager Wam, Francis Gem (representing himself and 337 other members of Kananam and Iduwad villages) and Frank Kawol Don (on behalf of himself and 95 other members of the Bama clan of Rempi village) filed a suit against the National Fisheries Authority, the Department of Commerce and Industry and the PNG government.

The plaintiffs claim that the PMIZ is being developed contrary to the Free Trade Zone Act of 2000. That means all acts done in the promotion and planning of the PMIZ to date are illegal and void.

Furthermore, they are also seeking a permanent injunction restraining the promotion and planning of the PMIZ as it contradicts section 28 and or section 25 of the Fisheries Management Act.

The plaintiffs are also seeking a permanent injunction to restrain the defendants from committing nuisances and injury to the plaintiffs and the people they represent in the use and enjoyment of their customary land and water rights.

The plaintiffs and the people they represent are also seeking that they be consulted by the defendants and be informed on any matter concerning the promotion, planning or construction of a Free Trade Zone in an area which impacts on their customary land.

Source: pngexposed


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