Baru Gold Corp (the “Company” or “Baru”) wishes to provide an update on the lawsuit originally filed in Manado, Indonesia (the “Manado Lawsuit”) in October 2021 against two government departments responsible for the issuance of the Environmental Permit (“AMDAL”) to Baru’s subsidiary, PT Tambang Mas Sangihe (“TMS”). While TMS was not named in the Manado Lawsuit, the court granted permission for a representative of TMS to attend the proceedings in support of the government departments.
The Manado Lawsuit has now been reviewed at each level of Indonesia’s judicial system. A panel of judges heard the case at the Manado Administrative District Court in June 2022, Makassar Administrative High Court in September 2022 and, most recently, the Supreme Court of Indonesia.
Today, the Company is happy to report that the Supreme Court of Indonesia has ruled in favour of the Company. The validity of the process, procedures and the awarding of the AMDAL have been reaffirmed and the plaintiff’s complaints dismissed in their entirety. The ruling can no longer be appealed; the decision is final.
The AMDAL is necessary for the Company’s operations. Obtaining an AMDAL is an expensive and time-consuming process that involves broad community consultation and establishes a set of high environmental standards. The AMDAL is a major component of the production permit that allows the Company to mine under the Contract of Work.
Terry Filbert, CEO of Baru Gold, commented, “I am obviously very pleased with this final ruling. I have always maintained that this lawsuit was frivolous and should be dismissed. The validity of the AMDAL can no longer be disputed. I am grateful that the Supreme Court decision has put an end to the matter with this final resolution.
The Company takes their responsibility to the environment seriously and has always abided by Indonesian law. The Company will be seeking reimbursement for all court and legal costs caused by the plaintiffs.
ABOUT SANGIHE GOLD PROJECT
The Sangihe Gold Project (“Sangihe”) is located on the Indonesian island of Sangihe, off the northern coast of Sulawesi. Sangihe has an existing National Instrument 43-101 inferred mineral resource of 114,700 indicated and 105,000 inferred ounces of gold, as reported in the Company's "Independent Technical Report on the Mineral Resource Estimates of the Binebase and Bawone Deposits, Sangihe Project, North Sulawesi, Indonesia" (May 30, 2017). Readers are cautioned that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
The Company intends to proceed to production without the benefit of first establishing mineral reserves supported by a feasibility study.
The Company's 70-percent interest in the Sangihe-mineral-tenement Contract of Work ("CoW") is held through PT. Tambang Mas Sangihe (“TMS”). The remaining 30-percent interest in TMS is held by three Indonesian corporations. The term of the Sangihe CoW agreement is 30 years upon commencement of the production phase of the project.
Baru has met all the requirements of the Indonesian government and has been granted its environmental permit. The Company has received approval for the upgrade of its licence to advance the Sangihe project to construction and production.
ABOUT BARU GOLD CORP.
Baru Gold Corporation is a dynamic junior gold developer with NI 43-101 gold resources in Indonesia, one of the top ten gold producing countries in the world. Based in Indonesia and North America, Baru’s team boasts extensive experience in starting and operating small-scale gold assets.
Frank Rocca, BAppSc.(Geology), MAusIMM, MAIG, CPI-KCMI, Chief Geologist of Baru Gold Corp. is the Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and approves the content of this release.
BARU GOLD CORP
Per: “Terry Filbert”
Terry Filbert, Director
President & CEO
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