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26 Mar 2018

SteelGuru (Sierra Leone)

Sierra Leone: Another lawsuit for African Minerals Limited as 2 500 villagers sue for damages from pollution and environmental degradation

"Another lawsuit for African Mineral Limited", 8 March 2018

...[M]ore than 2,500 villagers in nine villages in and around the mining communities in Tonkolili district have filed a lawsuit against African Minerals Limited and it’s two subsidiary companies including Tonkolili Iron Ore Limited and African Railway and Port Services Limited at the Sierra Leone High Court. This is the second lawsuit against the British owned iron ore company and it’s subsidiary companies within a year after 142 claimants first sued them in the British court for mistreatment. The second lawsuit is based on 3 separate actions of iron ore and tailing sludge pollutions, violation of the country environmental laws, and stock piles of debris pollution. According to the claimants lawyer, Mr Sonkita Conteh, Director for NAMATI, their lawsuit is for the three companies because they are the license owners of the mine and that of the port where all the shipments are done pointing that the entire case will based on 3 phases of which some of their clients in relocated communities of New Ferengbeya, Foria and Wondugu villages were not properly relocated hence was not in accordance with the law...