Former mining CEO’s Bulgaria extradition hearing to face Kyrgyz corruption charges delayed

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SOFIA, Bulgaria — The extradition hearing of a Canadian former mining company CEO detained in Bulgaria originally scheduled for this week has been pushed back to the week of Oct. 5.

The government of Kyrgyzstan wants Leonard Homeniuk to face charges of corruption, which he denies.

A Bulgarian judge has delayed Homeniuk’s day in court for a second time to give the Kyrgyz authorities more time to submit evidence. The judge had delayed a hearing in late August for the same reason.

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Homeniuk was CEO of Toronto-based Centerra Gold, which runs the massive Kumtor gold mine in Kyrgyzstan and has been embroiled in contentious negotiations with the government over their revenue-splitting deal.

Homeniuk has said the charges are without merit and an attempt to pressure the company into signing a deal that favours the Kyrgyz government.

The Canadian Press

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