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12 Dec 2013

Henry Lazenby, Mining Weekly

Guatemalan plaintiffs file jury notice against Hudbay Minerals in Ontario

Guatemalan Mayan plaintiffs involved with litigation against Hudbay Minerals in Ontario, on Thursday filed a jury notice choosing a trial by jury that could potentially hold the company liable in Canada for alleged sexual assault, murder and shootings at a mining project formerly owned by its Guatemala subsidiary. As a result, the lawsuits against Hudbay would be tried in Ontario in a front of a jury comprised of ordinary Canadians. Lawyers for the Guatemalan Mayan plaintiffs said the plaintiffs believed that it was entirely appropriate for regular Canadians to have the responsibility of judging Canadian corporations for “harms created by their actions”… The Hudbay litigation now entered the ‘discovery’ stage of the lawsuit. Through discoveries, Hudbay would be required to disclose all relevant documents and communications regarding the operation of its former Fenix nickel project…in Guatemala.

Part of the following timelines

Hudbay Minerals lawsuit (re rape & sexual assault in Guatemala, filed in Canada)

Hudbay Minerals lawsuit (re killing of community leader, Guatemala, filed in Canada)

Hudbay Minerals lawsuit (re shooting at Fenix mine, Guatemala, filed in Canada)