UK court freezes £5 million of Monterrico Metals' assets in lawsuit over allegations of torture in Peru [includes video]

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Author: EFE

[Monterrico Metals, parte de Zijin] se enfrenta a una demanda millonaria por daños y perjuicios presentada por un bufete legal londinense en nombre de manifestantes detenidos y supuestamente sometidos a malos tratos en 2005 tras protestar en Perú contra una mina...Cuando los manifestantes se dirigían a la mina...se encontraron con un cordón de la policía armada, a la que, según la acusación, daban órdenes los responsables mineros, aunque la empresa...lo niega...la policía detuvo a [28] personas, que afirman que les echaron a la cara substancias tóxicas antes de ponerles capuchas y golpearlos. Dos de los manifestantes eran mujeres que dicen haber sido objeto de abusos sexuales...Otros tres manifestantes fueron heridos de bala...uno de los heridos...murió desangrado en terrenos de la mina...El viernes, el abogado Richard Meeran, del bufete Leigh Day...obtuvo una orden judicial que obliga a la compañía minera a mantener al menos activos por valor de un millón de libras (1.580 millones de dólares) en el Reino Unido...Monterrico ha negado mientras tanto categóricamente que alguno de sus directivos o empleados hubiera tenido algo que ver con los "supuestos abusos en la mina de Río blanco [previamente Majaz] en el año 2005".

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19 October 2009

Peruvian torture victims obtain UK High Court worldwide freezing injunction over mining company assets

Author: Leigh Day & Co

Following a fully contested hearing in July 2009, the UK High Court has ordered a freezing injunction for £5 million against London-registered multinational mining company, Monterrico Metals Plc [now part of Zijin]. The injunction was obtained by a group of 31 indigenous Peruvians who allege that in August 2005 they were tortured by the Peruvian police assisted by mine employees and mine security guards, following their environmental protest at Monterrico’s Rio Blanco copper mine in Peru...

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18 October 2009

British mining company faces damages claim after allegations of torture in Peru [includes video]

Author: Ian Cobain, Guardian [UK]

[Monterrico Metals, part of Zijin] is facing a multimillion-pound claim for damages after protesters were detained and allegedly tortured at an opencast copper plant that the firm is seeking to develop in...Peru...Richard Meeran, a solicitor with Leigh Day...obtained a freezing injunction which obliges the company to keep at least £5m of its assets in the UK...A spokesman [for Monterrico] said: "Monterrico vigorously denies that any of its officers or employees were in any way involved with the alleged abuses at the Rio Blanco [formerly Minera Majaz] mine in 2005..."

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