Guinea detains official from Israeli mining firm

CONAKRY - Authorities in Guinea havedetained a senior official with the local unit of Israeli miningfirm BSG Resources (BSGR) and are questioning him overcorruption allegations, an official familiar with the case saidon Sunday.

Ibrahima Sory Toure, a vice president in Guinea of Israelibillionaire Beny Steinmetz's mining company, was taken intocustody by police on Friday.

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

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

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