Legal authorities in Kyrgyzstan have filed a lawsuit against Canada’s Centerra Gold Company as they allege the company is violating the rights of employees at the Kumtor gold mine.
Centerra has not commented on the Kyrgyz government’s lawsuit.
Kumtor officials told REF/RL on Thursday that the lawsuit was filed over Centerra’s alleged blocking of user and administrator access to Kumtor’s computers from May 2021.
The authorities said issue began when the Kyrgyz government took “temporary” control of operations at the mine.
The officials also spoke about financial disagreements which continued between the Kyrgyz state and Centerra Gold for many years.
Without disclosing the name and positions of the officials, the media outlet quoted them, as saying that the giant gold project has been the focus of international attention since a new Kyrgyz government moved to take over operations at the mine.
In May, the Kyrgyz government adopted a law allowing it to take control, for up to three months, of any company that operates under a concession agreement in Kyrgyzstan.
Authorities said the decision was taken to see if the firms violate environmental regulations, endangers the local environment or the lives of people, or causes other significant damage
The Kyrgyz Finance Minister Almaz Baketaev, at a parliamentary session on December 13, was unable to answer a lawmaker’s question about the amount of gold produced at Kumtor.
However, the Kyrgyz Prime Minister Akylbek Japarov, on September 22 said the Kumtor produced 4.1 tons of gold bringing $62 million to the State Treasury since it became under control of the government.
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