Perkoa mine: 2 executives of the Vancouver firm sentenced for manslaughter

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Perkoa Mine: 2 executives of the Vancouver firm convicted of manslaughter

On April 16, Vancouver-based Trevali Mining suspended operations at its Perkoa zinc mine in Burkina Faso after heavy rains caused it to flood.

The British Columbia mining company Trevali Mining Corp. confirms that two executives have been convicted of manslaughter in Burkina Faso.

The Vancouver-based company confirms that Hein Frey, of southern origin African, was given a 24-month suspended prison sentence.

Daryl Christensen, who is also of South African origin, received a 12-month suspended prison sentence. He was also the manager of Byrnecut, a Trevali contractor.

Workers at the Perkoa zinc mine were trapped more than 500 meters underground on April 16, after heavy rains caused flooding. Eight workers failed to make it and died.

The Vancouver company had made requests for equipment to pump water from other countries such as Ghana. She faced heavy criticism for her response to the disaster and for issues related to safety at the site.

Trevali declined CBC/Radio's interview request -Canada. Jason Mercier, director of investor relations, said by email that the company worked closely with local authorities to figure out what caused the flooding.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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