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6 Nov 2014

Henry Lazenby, Mining Weekly (So. Africa)

ABG to appear in UK court over Tanzania violence victims suit

Tanzanian locals have sued African Barrick Gold (ABG) in the UK for the alleged deaths and injuries caused by security and police guarding the company's North Mara mine, which has a history of illegal artisanal mining. On November 19, the claimants in the proceedings against ABG would seek orders from the English court, requiring the company to hand over internal documents and take other steps to get the cases to trial...At the North Mara mine...the company had been dealing with deterring illegal artisanal miners from entering the property. Martin [representing the claimants] reported that impoverished villagers, tempted onto the North Mara mine to illegally scratch out rocks for tiny amounts of gold, were regularly being shot at with live ammunition...ABG on Thursday pointed out...that it had made a comprehensive effort to improve community relations and security at North Mara to prevent violent confrontation, which was reflected in a 35% reduction in the number of illegal miners on site in 2013 compared with 2012...

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African Barrick Gold to appear in UK court over alleged excessive use of force by security guards against villagers in Tanzania

African Barrick Gold lawsuit (re Tanzania)