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M23 surrender arms after DR Congo army offensive

‘TOTAL VICTORY’:The rebellion that ravaged the east of the nation for 18 months was finally quelled following a crushing joint assault by the army and 3,000 UN troops

AFP, Geneva and KABINDI, DR Congo

TRIAL says the gold in question was illegally mined by a group called the National Integrationist Front, which controls a mineral-rich area in the Ituri region.

The gold “was mined in appalling conditions” before being sold in Uganda to Congolese gold trader Kisoni Kambale, TRIAL said.

Kambale in turn resold the metal to Uganda Commercial Impex Limited, which sold it to UK firm Hussar Ltd. The gold was initially refined by South Africa’s Rand Refinery, but it stopped working with Hussar in mid-2004 “because it suspected the gold had been acquired illegally,” and that is when Argor-Heraeus entered the scene, TRIAL said.

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