17 Jul 2012

Group threatens protest if Solmons PM doesn't act over mine exports

5:56 pm on 17 July 2012

A Solomon Islands lobby group is threatening to organise a public protest if the prime minister doesn't act over what it alleges are breaches of the law by the company that owns the Gold Ridge mine.

The general secretary of Malaita Ma'asina Forum says the mining company, Allied Gold, has been exporting more gold than it has been declaring.

William Gua says the owners of the land on which the mine is operating as well as the people of Solomon Islands are being ripped off.

"We have proof proven from the Customs Officers that they're trying to correct the mistake by introducing this verification process but yet the Gold Ridge Mining said they didn't want to comply with it up until now."

William Gua says the mining company is also operating in a new area for which it does not hold a licence.