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18 Feb 2011

Matthew Hill, Mining Weekly

Guatemalan widow's lawsuit against HudBay could be precedent setting

The trial of a Guatemalan woman who is suing Canadian miner HudBay Minerals for C$12-million in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for the death of her husband in 2009 is “probably years away”, Angelica Choc’s lawyer said…Choc…claimed in court papers…that security forces under a HudBay Guatemalan subsidiary’s employ “hacked and shot to death” her husband Adolfo Ich Chamán, who she said was an outspoken critic of the company…Ich Chamán died in the wake of a spate of community protests around the mine, called the Fenix project, in 2009. Choc alleged that CGN’s then head of security CGN Mynor Ronaldo Padilla Gonzáles shot an unarmed Ich Chamán in the head at close range…HudBay…disputes this, saying it is confident CGN and its employees were not involved in Ich Chamán’s death…[refers also to Skye resources]