Indonesia files criminal pollution charges against Newmont mining company

Indonesia files criminal pollution charges against Newmont mining company

[JURIST] Indonesia filed criminal charges Monday against Richard Ness, the American chief of Newmont Mining Corporation's [corporate website] Indonesian subsidiary, alleging environmental pollution. Indonesia previously filed a $133 million civil suit [JURIST report] against Newmont, which has denied any wrongdoing [press release]. The charges stem from claims that residents near a Newmont facility became ill from waste dumped into the air and water. Test results of the area conflict, with a government probe showing high levels of toxins but World Health Organization tests showing no evidence of pollution. AFP has more.