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13 Feb 2017

Daily Nation (Zambia)

Vedanta appeals against claim by Zambian villagers

VEDANTA group of companies, which owns Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has opened a legal battle over whether an English court has jurisdiction to decide a claim on behalf of Zambian villagers seeking compensation for what they say is damage to their health and land by KCM...Vedanta Chief Executive Tom Albanese confirmed the action by his company...but said he only expected to know the outcome this year.  Mr Albanese also said US$100 million payment to the Zambian Government ordered by an English court over outstanding payments from a 2013 agreement had also been dealt with...