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Judgment reserved in Aussie miner Slapp case

A protracted legal battle spilled over into the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) yesterday when an Australian mining company reversed a landmark ruling and gave the court the thumbs up for a unique strategic lawsuit against the Defense of Public Participation (Slapp). The Western Cape’s Deputy Judge-President Patricia Goliath found last February that Australia-based Mineral Commodities Ltd (MRC) and its local subsidiary Mineral Sands Resources had filed 14.5 million euros in libel claims against six local lawyers and activists , who had a hidden agenda to silence his opponents. The group had publicly rebelled against the controversial Xolobeni mining project in the Eastern Cape and Tormin…

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