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British mining company faces damages claim after allegations of torture in Peru [includes video]

Author: Ian Cobain, Guardian [UK], Published on: 18 October 2009

[Monterrico Metals, part of Zijin] is facing a multimillion-pound claim for damages after protesters were detained and allegedly tortured at an opencast copper plant that the firm is seeking to develop in...Peru...Richard Meeran, a solicitor with Leigh Day...obtained a freezing injunction which obliges the company to keep at least £5m of its assets in the UK...A spokesman [for Monterrico] said: "Monterrico vigorously denies that any of its officers or employees were in any way involved with the alleged abuses at the Rio Blanco [formerly Minera Majaz] mine in 2005..."

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Related companies: Minera Majaz (part of Monterrico Metals) Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin) Rio Blanco Copper (part of Xiamen Zijin Tongguan Investment Development Corporation, part of Zijin Mining Group, Tongling Non-Ferrous Metals Group Holding Co. Ltd. y Xiamen C&D Coperation Ltd.) Zijin