Newmont Exonerated in Indonesia Trial



    
    Court Clears PT Newmont Minahasa Raya and President Director Richard Ness
    of All Charges
    

    MANADO, Indonesia, April 24 /CNW/ -- An Indonesian court today ruled that
PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (PTNMR), a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation
(NYSE:   NEM), and its President Director Richard Ness are innocent of all
criminal charges of pollution and regulatory violations.  The prosecution
alleged that PTNMR and Ness caused environmental pollution while conducting
mining operations near Buyat Bay in the South Minahasa District of Northern
Sulawesi province.
    Ruling on evidence presented during the 21-month trial, one of the
longest criminal proceedings in Indonesian history, the court held that Buyat
Bay is not polluted.  It further found, as PTNMR contended, that the company
was in compliance with all regulations and permits during its eight years of
operations from 1996 to 2004.
    "I'm thrilled that after nearly two and one-half years of false
allegations, my name, and that of my fellow employees, has been cleared and
our reputations restored," said President Director Richard Ness.  "This is a
victory for everyone who believes in justice and for the communities around
Buyat Bay who can now be fully confident that Buyat Bay's waters are clean,
that the fish are safe for consumption, and that their health has not been
affected by our operations.  I express my sincere thanks and gratitude for the
support of my family, my company, and my fellow Newmont employees who stood by
me and knew all along that the accusations against us were fabricated.  I also
express my deep respect for those Buyat Bay community members who spoke the
truth in support of me."
    Some of the evidence heard in the trial exonerating Mr. Ness and PTNMR
included:

    
    (*)  Four independent physicians -- including government and university
       affiliated doctors -- who examined Buyat Bay residents testified under
       oath that they found no diseases resulting from PTNMR's operations;
    (*)  Dr. Jane Pangemanan, who leveled the initial allegations against PTNMR,
       recanted earlier charges and testified under oath that she did not
       diagnose any heavy metal related diseases in villagers;
    (*)  Tests conducted by the United Nations' World Health Organization,
       Indonesia's Ministry of the Environment, Australia's Commonwealth
       Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and Japan's National
       Institute for Minamata Disease all showed that Buyat Bay was not
       polluted; and,
    (*)  Five current and former government officials and regulators testified
       under oath that Newmont had all the appropriate operating permits and
       did not violate any of them.
    

    "We could not be more pleased that this case was decided on the facts and
evidence presented in court," said Newmont Chairman and CEO Wayne Murdy.
"Anyone who followed the evidence presented in this case would have expected
this result.  It is the correct decision, and there is no factual or legal
basis upon which to reasonably dispute this outcome."
    Newmont Vice President of Asia Operations, Robert Gallagher, further
encouraged an end to a Buyat Bay outcome driven by hidden agendas.  "If anyone
has any residual concern in regard to the condition of Buyat Bay, let that
concern be addressed by pure science," said Gallagher.  "The government and
PTNMR have established the independent scientific panel that will monitor and
report on Buyat Bay for almost another decade, and we are confident that it
will confirm what we have always said:  there is no pollution."
    Immediately following the verdict, Ness told supporters, "I have lived in
Indonesia for more than 25 years.  This is my home, and I am delighted to see
justice and truth prevail.  The question remains, shouldn't the perpetrators
of this hoax be brought to justice for the sake of the Buyat Bay communities
who suffered at the hands of these people?"
    More information about the case can be found at www.BuyatBayFacts.com
along with a chronology of events at
http://www.buyatbayfacts.com/what_happened/timeline.aspx.

    
    About Newmont
    
    Founded in 1921 and publicly traded on the NYSE since 1925, Newmont is
one of the largest gold companies in the world.  Headquartered in Denver,
Colorado, the company employs approximately 14,000 people, the majority of
whom work at Newmont's core operations in the United States, Australia, Peru,
Indonesia, and Ghana.  Newmont is also the only gold company listed in the S&P
500 index.
    Newmont's industry-leading performance is reflected through high
standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and
creating value and opportunity for our host communities.  Newmont's Batu Hijau
mine has received the highest environmental designation awarded by the
government of Indonesia for outstanding environmental stewardship.





For further information:

For further information: Manado, Rubi Purnomo, Mobile, 
011-62-21-811-940-399, or Direct, 011-62-21-57994600, Ext. 44657, 
Rubi.Purnomo@Newmont.com, or Corp. HQ, Omar Jabara, Direct, +1-303-837-5114, 
or Mobile +1-720-212-9651, or Mobile, +1-303-902-7702, 
Omar.Jabara@Newmont.com, or Jakarta, Pretty Momonto, Direct, 
011-62-21-576-1444, Ext. 44816, Pretty.Mamonto@Newmont.com, all of Newmont 
Mining Corporation Web Site: http://www.newmont.com/


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