Guinea detains official from Israeli mining firm

April 21, 2013 21:02

CONAKRY - Authorities in Guinea have detained a senior official with the local unit of Israeli mining firm BSG Resources (BSGR) and are questioning him over corruption allegations, an official familiar with the case said on Sunday.

Ibrahima Sory Toure, a vice president in Guinea of Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz's mining company, was taken into custody by police on Friday.

"Toure's detention in linked to an inquiry relating to allegations of corruption targeting the company BSGR," said a senior government official who asked not to be named.

The current Guinean government alleges that BSGR bribed officials and Mamadie Toure, the wife of former President Lansana Conte, to win a licence to develop the northern half of the giant Simandou iron ore deposit.

Ibrahima Sory Toure is the brother of Mamadie Toure, who currently lives in the United States.

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