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Vol 56 No 24

Published 4th December 2015

Sierra Leone

Chinese inherit law suit

While villagers sue a major mine over human rights abuses, all the country’s iron ore mines remain out of action

Bankrupt iron-ore mining company African Minerals Limited is being sued for millions of dollars by 142 Sierra Leonean villagers in the High Court in London claiming human rights abuses at its former mine at Tonkolili. The multi- million pound lawsuit has been filed by British personal injury lawyers Leigh Day, who appeared in court on 30 November seeking compensation from AML for several alleged abuses, including false imprisonment, battery, assault and its involvement in the death of a 24-year-old woman during an outbreak of violence at Tonkolili in 2012. AML went into administration in March, so it is its successor as owner of Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd., the major Chinese steel-maker Shandong Iron and Steel Group (SISG), which finds itself defending the action.

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