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28 Apr 2011

Global Witness

Court ruling a major step forward for case against Canadian mining company

The Superior Court of Quebec has ruled...that the case against Canadian corporation Anvil Mining...in relation to alleged involvement in a 2004 massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo can proceed to the next stage...Anvil Mining is accused of providing logistical support to the Congolese army who raped, murdered and brutalised the people of Kilwa in a massacre in 2004...Judge Benoît Emery rejected Anvil Mining’s position that there were insufficient links to Quebec to enable the Quebec court to have jurisdiction over the case. They also argued that even if there was sufficient attachment to Quebec, the case should be brought in the DRC or Australia.

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Canada: Quebec court rules that it has jurisdiction to hear lawsuit against Anvil Mining regarding alleged complicity in a 2004 massacre in Dem. Rep. of Congo

Anvil Mining lawsuit (re complicity in Dem. Rep. of Congo, filed in Canada)