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12 Jan 2017

Leigh Day

Leigh Day lawyer arrested in Zambia whilst meeting clients

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A lawyer from the international group claims team at Leigh Day was arrested in Zambia as he met with four communities bringing claims against Vedanta Resources plc and their subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines...[A] lawyer from Leigh Day was in Zambia to meet with the communities to discuss their claims which relate to alleged pollution from the copper mine in Chingola which they claim is causing damage to farming land and water sources of our clients...Mr Holland was held without charge in the police cells for four hours without access to a lawyer, food or water.  According to Leigh Day this was an ‘excessive response’ to the eventual charge of ‘conduct likely to cause a breach of peace’ which is a misdemeanour, not a criminal offence, which resulted in Mr Holland paying a ZMK50 ($5) fine...Mr Holland said: “We will be writing immediately to KCM’s lawyers to obtain a full explanation as to their seeming involvement into my arrest...

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Zambia: Arrest of UK lawyer representing villagers in water contamination case against Vedanta Resources

Vedanta Resources lawsuit (re water contamination, Zambia)