from The Observer, 20 August 1995
Edward Connelly, the cancer victim who is claiming £400,000 compensation from the world's largest mining company, RTZ, has lost his latest court battle. On Friday the Court of Appeal in London ruled in favour of RTZ's contention that the case should be heard in Namibia instead of England.
Mr Connelly, a 45-year old Scottish mining engineer, claims that he contracted throat cancer because he inhaled toxic dust when he worked at RTZ's Namibian uranium mine in the late 1970s. Lawyers for RTZ, which denies the claim, warned at the appeal hearing last month that, if Mr Connelly's case was allowed to go ahead in England, 100 Namibians could launch claims against the company through the English courts.
Mr Connelly's lawyers had argued that he would not be able to pursue his case in Namibia because of the country's inadequate provision for legal aid, which is funding his case in England. "This decision is a blow for justice. The effect is to deny Mr Connelly a remedy anywhere in the world," said Richard Meeran of Leigh Day & Co. "We will certainly be seeking to have it reviewed by the House of Lords."