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22 Oct 2005

Kelly Patterson, The Ottawa Citizen

Sudanese Army, Talisman Closely Linked, Lawsuit Alleges

An oil venture co-owned by Talisman Energy Inc. helped "command the military" protecting its Sudanese facilities at the same time as troops were launching bomb raids on villages from the site, according to documents filed in court this year in a lawsuit against the Calgary firm. The note is one of dozens of new allegations -- many based on company documents -- that have recently been made public in the four-year-long suit filed in a New York court against Talisman. The lawsuit, filed under the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act, contends Talisman colluded with the government in genocide and war crimes during the country's bitter war between the Islamic government and mostly non-Muslim rebels in the south. The firm is under a judge's orders not to discuss the case, but in a court rebuttal of the new allegations obtained by the Citizen, it calls the charges false and "grossly misleading."