TEL AVIV Dec 19 A lawyer for Israeli
billionaire Beny Steinmetz, who on Sunday was detained by police
in relation to allegations of bribery and corruption in Africa,
said the proceedings are a way for the government of Guinea to
"illegally expropriate" mining rights.
"The current proceedings are a recycling of an old process
led by the government of Guinea ... in order to illegally
expropriate BSGR's mining rights," Yuval Sasson said in a
"These are continuous and baseless attempts meant to conceal
the corruption aimed at illegally expropriating assets," Sasson
BSGR describes Steinmetz as an adviser to the company, which
is headquartered in the Channel Islands and is a mining arm of
Steinmetz's business conglomerate.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Tova Cohen)