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Beny Steinmetz a fost reținut de poliția israeliană. Nu credem însă că va rămâne arestat pentru multă vreme
Compania minieră BSG Resources a anunțat luni că poliția Israeliană l-a reținut pe Benny Steinmetz, pentru a fi chestionat pentru darea de mită în Guineea.
The Telegraph.co.uk - BSGR boss Beny Steinmetz arrested in Israel over Guinea bribery claims
Beny Steinmetz, of BSG Resources, has been detained in Israel
The billionaire owner of a mining company caught up in an ongoing bribery scandal in Guinea has been held by police in Israel.
Beny Steinmetz, the boss of BSG Resources, was detained for questioning by Israeli police at an airport in the country on Monday.
The mining mogul, who divides his time between homes in Israel and Switzerland, has been under investigation in the UK, US and Switzerland for BSGR’s role in a giant mining project in Guinea called Simandou - believed to be one of the world’s richest deposits of iron ore.
BSGR paid a relative pittance to pick up half the rights to Simandou in 2008, only to sell half of them on again for $2.5bn (£2bn), in what was dubbed “the deal of the century”.
But the miner lost its rights in 2014 after the government of Guinea concluded that it had used bribery to acquire them from the country’s previous ruler - a charge the company has always denied.
In a statement, BSGR claimed Mr Steinmetz’s arrest was related to “obsolete investigations” into corruption.
“It is BSGR’s strong belief that these allegations of bribery by the government of Guinea are not only baseless, but are a systematic attempt by the government of Guinea to cover up the endemic corruption which has blighted this country for a number of years,” the company said.
Mr Steinmetz’s arrest is the latest twist in the Simandou case, which has also engulfed FTSE 100 mining group Rio Tinto.
Rio originally gained the rights to the Simandou mountain in the 1990s, but lost half of them to BSGR after the Guinean government claimed it had taken too long to develop the mine.
Rio subsequently took BSGR to court, accusing it of stealing half of its concession, only for the case to be chucked out on a technicality last year.
The Anglo-Australian miner has since reported itself to regulators in the UK, US and Australia over a $10.5m payment it made to a French banker for his help in apparently securing its rights to half of Simandou in 2011.
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