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24 Oct 2013

Jordan Fletcher, Globe and mail (Canada)

Guatemalan plaintiffs in HudBay lawsuit allege interference

A former HudBay Minerals subsidiary in Guatemala is pressuring a group of indigenous women to drop their high-profile lawsuit against the Canadian miner, lawyers for the women says. The lawsuit is one of three accusing HudBay and its former subsidiary Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel (CGN) of responsibility for a killing, shootings and gang rapes in Guatemala in 2007 and 2009. The plaintiffs’ complaints about pressure from CGN come two months after the Ontario Superior Court ruled that the women’s case may proceed to trial…The letter says CGN has threatened…to file criminal defamation charges against the women in Guatemala and to withhold land from others in the community…“[HudBay and CGN] do not believe the allegations…regarding the conduct of CGN are truthful,” said Robert Harrison of Fasken Martineau in Toronto, who represents both companies in the litigation…