Rimbunan Hijau recently celebrated its 35th Anniversary with much fanfare in Sibu. File Photo.

Sarawak based logging giant Rimbunan Hijau was slammed by a Papua New Guinea judge for using the courts to threaten and harass a local newspaper according to media reports.

According to ABC News in 2006 logging giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH) filed a defamation suit against the Post Courier after it re-printed an article from the Australian newspaper titled The rape of PNG forests.

PNG Post Courier

Several other motions followed, but yesterday Judge Ambeng Kandakasi dismissed them all, saying they were an abuse of the court process, ABC News reported.

The Judge said it was clear RH had used the proceedings to threaten, intimidate and harass the newspaper and force it into unnecessary expenses.

He added “RH had used the court to “prevent and distract” the Post Courier from reporting on its conduct in the forestry industry.

Kandakasi also ordered one of RH’s lawyers, Michael Wilson, be investigated for perjury after filing conflicting affidavits.

ABC News said Rimbunan Hijau has been unavailable for comment. The Sarawak logging giant owns PNG’s other daily newspaper, The National, that has not reported the result.

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