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6 Feb 2015

Henry Lazenby, Mining Weekly (So. Africa)

Acacia Mining settles group claims out of court

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Acacia Mining, formerly African Barrick Gold (ABG), has settled outside of a UK Court with a group of Tanzanian locals regarding alleged deaths and injuries [at] the company's North Mara mine, which had a history of illegal artisanal mining…An Acacia spokesperson declined to provide more information, saying the settlement was subject to a confidentiality clause…Leigh Day was assisting at least nine local villagers to pursue claims against ABG and its Tanzanian subsidiary NMGML…for deaths and injuries they claimed were a result of the excessive use of force by mine security and police, including the frequent use of live ammunition. Six of the claims related to deaths by gunshot, while injured young men brought three claims, including one man made paraplegic by a gunshot wound through his spine…

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Tanzania: African Barrick Gold makes out-of-court settlement for claims by locals at its North Mara mine for injuries & fatalities

African Barrick Gold lawsuit (re Tanzania)