Decision on Initiating Criminal Case on Dundee Precious Metals Kapan Tailing Pipe Breakdown Appealed

Decision on Initiating Criminal Case on Dundee Precious Metals Kapan Tailing Pipe Breakdown Appealed

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Syunik Anticorruption Center has applied to RA Public Prosecutor Aghvan Hovsepian appealing the decision on initiating a criminal case on Dundee Precious Metals Kapan tailing pipe breakdown. The appeal particularly says, “On the night of 30 November to 1 December 2012 the tailing pipe, where the tails of Deno Gold Mining Company flow to the tailing dump burst out and the content of the tailing pipe flooded Iran-Armenia highway, which is of international significance, got mixed with the water of Geghanush River, thus causing damage to environment, flora and fauna and human health. In this regard, Syunik Anticorruption Center made a report to Syunik Regional Prosecutor’s Office on 5 December 2012 and we received the Prosecutor’s Office decision on initiating a criminal case on 7 August 2013. This decision bears subjective, perfunctory and one-sided nature…There are issues that need investigation to understand the cause of the breakdown. For example, whether the tailing pipe is able to stand the pressure of tails generated in processing? When and by whom was the tailing dump constructed? When did it undergo reconstruction and which organization serves it? And finally, what are legal grounds of acceptance of the tailing pipe to understand whether the tailing dump operated on the legal grounds or not? The Prosecutor;’s Office didn’t take into consideration the fact that the National Bureau of Expertise issued conclusion N13-0016, which says that Geghanush tailing dump is constructed with deviations from project documents. Based on the aforementioned, we would like to ask you to annul this decision and to initiate a criminal case for primary investigation,” the appeal says.

August 14, 2013 at 11:43