A mining giant in Kazakhstan has denied a libel claim against the Financial Times and one of its reporters weeks after a Supreme Court judge dismissed a related case.
The urasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) sued the Financial Times and journalist Tom Burgis over investigations also covered in his book Kleptopia Burgis: Dirty Money Conquered the World.
However, on Monday, spokespersons for both the FT and ENRC confirmed that the libel suit had been withdrawn.
The decision comes after the ENRC filed a separate defamation lawsuit against Mr. Burgis and publisher HarperCollins, which was dismissed on 2 March.
The mining giant has made a claim to Mr Burgis’ book, first published by HarperCollins in September 2020.
ENRC’s attorneys argued that portions of the book’s two chapters would be construed as claiming that the company killed three men to protect its business interests, or that there were reasonable grounds to suspect as well as another suspected poisoning.
Rebutting the claim, Mr Justice Nicklin said: “Only individuals can commit murder or poisoning, only individuals have an incentive to do so to protect their business interests. “.
Financial Times editor Roula Khalaf said: “I am delighted to hear that the ENRC’s decision to withdraw a request has always been null and void and has put Tom Burgis under enormous stress.
“The FT and all of our reporters, including Tom, will continue to investigate the activities of businesses and individuals, powerful or wealthy.”
On Monday, an ENRC spokesman said: “We can confirm that we have ceased proceedings against the Financial Times and Tom Burgis.
“The allegations made are of the most serious nature, causing enormous damage to the reputation of the company.
“Following a preliminary hearing given by HarperCollins and Mr Burgis, and in light of Mr Justice Nicklin’s assessment that the book, Kleptopia, does not contain murder charges against us, we feel somewhat vindicated. having taken public action to clarify this. , which can be used by us to minimize the damage already caused.
“We continue to dispute many of the allegations in the book, including corruption, on the strongest terms possible.”
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