Convicted rapist, James Yali, claims he was acting on instructions from the government when he tried to track down prominent human rights lawyer Tiffany Nonggorr in her hotel room on Monday night.
Nonggorr is the lawyer for a group of landowners challenging the construction of a marine mine waste dumping system for the Chinese owned Ramu nickel mine in Madang Province. Commissioning of the mine is currently on hold because of a court injunction obtained by the landowners.
On Monday night Yali interrogated and threatened hotel staff in an attempt to find which room Nonggorr was staying in so he could confront her about the mine issue.
Yali has now stated in interviews with journalists and meetings with landowners he was acting on behalf of the National Government and was assigned the task of tracking down and confronting Nonggorr by local MP, James Gau.
Yali could be in trouble with the courts as a result of his actions as hotel staff say he was clearly drunk when he confronted them which is a breach of his parole conditions which include not drinking alcohol.
Yali is also in fear of retribution from relatives of the hotel staff he threatened and Ms Nonggorr.