INDONESIA – An Indonesian court ruled on April 24 that PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (PTNMR), a subsidiary of Denver-based NEWMONT MINING, and PTNMRs president director Richard Ness are innocent of all criminal charges of pollution and regulatory violations. The prosecution alleged that PTNMR and Ness caused environmental pollution while conducting mining operations near Buyat Bay in the South Minahasa District of Northern Sulawesi province.
Ruling on evidence presented during the 21-month trial, one of the longest criminal proceedings in Indonesian history, the court held that Buyat Bay is not polluted. It further found, as PTNMR contended, that the company was in compliance with all regulations and permits during its eight years of operations from 1996 to 2004.
We could not be more pleased that this case was decided on the facts and evidence presented in court, said Newmont chairman and CEO Wayne Murdy. Anyone who followed the evidence presented in this case would have expected this result. It is the correct decision, and there is no factual or legal basis upon which to reasonably dispute this outcome.
Details of the case and facts about Buyat Bay are available at www.BuyatBayFacts.com, a website maintained by Newmont.