Guinea says to work with Global Witness over corruption allegations

viernes 20 de mayo de 2016 14:07 GYT

* Global Witness alleges Sable Mining provided bribe money

* Sable Mining denies wrongdoing

* Guinea, Liberia launch probes into allegations

By Saliou Samb

CONAKRY, May 20 (Reuters) - Guinea will work with Global Witness to gather evidence for a judicial investigation into allegations by the watchdog group that Sable Mining Africa Ltd provided money used for bribes to further its business interests, a government spokesman said.

Global Witness said in a report last week that Sable worked to provide bribe money through the account of the son of Guinea President Alpha Conde to help secure the rights to the Mount Nimba iron ore concession.

It also said the company, which is registered in the British Virgin Islands, paid bribes to several Liberian officials in a bid to secure the Wologizi iron ore concession.

Guinea's government said on Saturday it took the allegations seriously and was determined to run a clean mining industry. The president said on Sunday that neither he, nor any member of his family, was involved in corruption.

"The priority is to get together all the evidence alleged in the report. After that we will decide the next step," government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters. "Conde wants to manage the mining sector transparently."   Continuación...