(Adds background on case)
April 14 Mining company BSG Resources (BSGR) on
Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York accusing
financier George Soros of scuttling an iron ore deal in Guinea,
claiming $10 billion in damages.
BSGR, which is controlled by Israeli billionaire businessman
Beny Steinmetz, accused Soros and his controlled entities of
manipulating the government of Guinea and elected officials and
other misconduct to strip BSGR of mining contracts in Guinea in
Israeli authorities put Steinmetz under house arrest on Dec.
19 after accusations that he paid tens of millions of dollars to
senior public officials in Guinea to advance his businesses. He
was released in January without being charged.
Soros fabricated defamatory statements about BSGR's
involvement in corruption, the company said in the complaint.
"Soros was motivated solely by malice, as there was no
economic interest he had in Guinea," BSGR added.
Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Soros, did not respond to
requests for comment, made outside of regular business hours.
The case is 1:17-cv-02726 in U.S. District Court in the
Southern District of New York.
(Reporting by Divya Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia
Osterman and Bill Rigby)