Pallinghurst is inheriting the full legal onslaught of allegations of human-rights abuses at Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique detailed in court documents lodged in the High Court of Justice in the UK in April. The charges were levelled at Gemfields and its management for abuses allegedly perpetrated by in-house and state security forces since 2012. Sean Gilbertson, CEO of Gemfields and the new CEO of Pallinghurst, distanced the company from the allegations by human-rights lawyers Leigh Day in February. Gemfields declined to comment on Monday, referring to its February responses. "You never want a situation where someone throws serious human rights allegations at your company," Gilbertson said in February. "We denounce violence and we go to great lengths to ensure that it doesn’t happen." London-and Johannesburg-listed Pallinghurst Resources bought and delisted the whole of Gemfields from its London listing and has made it the central platform of its mining business. As a wholly own...

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