There have been ugly scenes outside a court in Papua New Guinea during a case that could decide the future of a $1.9 billion nickel mine.
Outside the National Court in Madang an angry landowner hurled insults at lawyer Tiffany Nonggorr and other opponents of the Ramu nickel mine’s plan to dump waste into the sea.
Local reports say Justice David Cannings later warned people he would charge them with contempt of court if it happened again.
This week the three plaintiffs who had previously obtained an injunction preventing the mine from building a deep-sea tailings pipeline dumped Ms Nongorr as their lawyer and sought to discontinue the proceedings.
Ms Nonggorr is now seeking to join another party to the case.
Justice Cannings will decide tomorrow whether to halt the proceedings or let them continue with another plaintiff.