Landmark Suit against Canadian Mining Firm Filed in BC

Human rights group seeks to hold BC-based company liable for shootings at Guatemalan mine.

By Sebastian Salamanca, June 19, 2014, TheTyee.ca

On a hot day in May of last year, Erick Fernando Castillo, with a stitched wound in his right leg, limped his way to the front row in a courtroom in the small southern Guatemala town of Barberena. Castillo listened intently as the prosecutor played a wiretapped conversation for the judge. In it, an angry male voice orders his men to “clean the weapons.”

“Clean them well,” says the voice. “We say ‘nothing happened here.'” In another wiretap played the voice says, “With shots is that they learn.”

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