The general manager of a Guatemalan mine has been jailed following a 2012 complaint about contamination of a river with mining residue.
General manager Carlos Roberto Morales was jailed on a judge’s order Monday, pending further investigation. The San Rafael mine said in a statement that it does not negatively impact the environment and would appeal the judge’s decision.
According to the complaint, the Mina de Plata San Rafael, owned by the Canadian Tahoe Resources Inc., contaminated a tributary of the Los Esclavos river about 70 kilometers southeast of the capital.
Rafael Maldonado, lawyer for Centro de Acción Ambiental-Legal y Social de Guatemala Calas, which filed the complaint, said it was the first time a mine general manager had been jailed for river contamination in Guatemala.