Churchill's legal team have lost at both the district court and the administrative court and in the circumstances the Ridlatama Group have lost confidence in Churchill's legal team moving forward in particular representing their interests in the appeal before the Supreme Court.
Further, as Churchill have decided to sue the Ridlatama Group in various jurisdictions after being privy to confidential information attained during the currency of these Indonesian proceedings, the Ridlatama Group in our best interests. In the circumstances, the Ridlatama Group have revoked Churchill's legal team's power of attorney to represent our 4 companies at the supreme court, and replaced them with our own legal team.
BackgroundIn 2007 the Ridlatama Group entered into a partnership with Churchill Mining PLC and its subsidiaries to develop the East Kutai Coal Project in Indonesia. Exploration over the years confirmed a word class asset of 2.7 billion tons of coal. Unfortunately in 2010 a challenge to the ownership of the concession was filed at the Samarinda district courts.
The Ridlatama Group has vigorously defended their rights to the concessions and has tried to work closely with Churchill. In August of 2011 Churchill decided to sue the Ridlatama Group in various countries. That has left the Ridlatama Group with no choice but to defend itself and its rights.