Canadian NGOs and Labour Rights Groups Ask RCMP to Investigation Blackfire Exploration for Bribery of Foreign Official
In March 2010, MiningWatch Canada and a coalition of Canadian non-governmental organizations and labour rights groups asked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Anti-Corruption Unit (RCMP-AICU) to investigate Blackfire Exploration Ltd. and its Mexican subsidiary regarding alleged corruption of Mexican officials under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.
MiningWatch Canada (stated to by co-sponsored by Common Frontiers, Council of Canadians, United Steelworkers, Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine, Sierra Club Canada, L'Entraide missionaire, Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network and Social Justice Committee) filed a letter on March 10, 2010 with the RCMP AICU alleging that Blackfire Mexico made payments totaling at least 204,022.69 Mexican pesos (equivalent to approximately CDN$20,000 at prevailing exchange rates) to Mr. Julio César Velazquez Calderón, the Mayor of the municipality of Chicomuselo in the state of Chiapas, Mexico for unofficial services for the benefit of Blackfire. In addition, it further alleges that Blackfire provided the mayor with other benefits including airline tickets for himself, his family and his associates. The letter further states that “the information available suggest that corporate officials who control, operate and direct Blackfire Canada were aware of, and may have directed, Blackfire Mexico to engage in the act of bribing a foreign public official for the benefit of both Blackfire Mexico and Blackfire Canada.” To support the allegations, Miningwatch Canada filed a number of documents as evidence.
It is important to note that none of the allegations raised in the letter have been provien in Court. More importantly, none have been confirned to be correct by the RCMP. At this time, the allegations are merely allegations and are not facts.
To read of copy of the letter, please go to the following link http://www.miningwatch.ca/sites/miningwatch.ca/files/Letter_to_RCMP_re_Blackfire.pdf