Leigh Day Files Case against Gemfields
The law firm says it represents more than 100 Mozambicans who allegedly suffered human rights abuses.
Law firm Leigh Day has reportedly filed a case with London's High Court against Gemfields, cited a news report. The law firm says that it represents more than 100 Mozambicans who allegedly suffered human rights abuses.
In response, Gemfields, which describes itself as “a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones”, together with its subsidiary Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM), say they will defend themselves and it denounced any form of violence or abuse. The company is owned by Pallinghurst, after it completed its acquisition of the London-based firm in December.
Leigh Day statement reportedly says the claimants have alleged they were shot, beaten, subjected to humiliating treatment and sexual abuse along with being unlawfully detained.
Both Gemfields and Pallinghurst have referred to a statement it issued in February on Gemfields' website when it said Leigh Day had first sought to settle out of court, but had not filed a formal claim.
“Should the claim be served, Gemfields and MRM would vigorously defend themselves,” the statement said.
Leigh Day said it could take months for the case to be heard.