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Dispute with Ridlatama

Wed 21st December, 2011 12:26pm
RNS Number : 4275U
Churchill Mining plc
21 December 2011

21 December 2011


("Churchill" or "the Company")

Dispute with Ridlatama


Churchill Mining plc (AIM: CHL), provides an update on the dispute with members of the Ridlatama group.




As previously advised on 15 August 2011, Churchill's subsidiary PT Indonesia Coal Development ("ICD") lodged a claim against Mr Andreas Rinaldi in Indonesia in addition to commencing arbitration proceedings in Singapore against other members of the Ridlatama Group for breaches of the investor's agreements. As also advised on 11 November 2011, ICD also received certain letters from Ridlatama Group companies by which they purported to terminate the 2007 Investors Agreement with ICD.




Further to the above arbitration proceedings, ICD has now been served with a counter claim filed on behalf of the Ridlatama Group. The counterclaim seeks an order that ICD's 75% interests in PT Ridlatama Tambang Mineral and PT Trade Powerdino be declared null and void.  The claim is based essentially on the same matters alleged in the above referenced letters and described in the 11 November announcement, namely alleged failure to make certain payments by ICD.


ICD considers the Ridlatama counter claim frivolous and categorically denies the allegations made.  All the relevant payments were made, and ICD continues to believe the claims to be baseless. 


ICD has referred the new claims to its solicitors in Indonesia and believes these claims have no commercial or legal merit and will continue to take whatever action it deems necessary to fully protect its legal rights in this matter.


Further details in relation to the dispute with the Ridlatama Group can be found on the company's website at




For further information, please contact:

Churchill Mining Plc

David Quinlivan

+ 61 8 6382 3737




Northland Capital

Partners Limited

Shane Gallwey / Luke Cairns

+44(0)20 7796 8800


Tavistock Communications

Paul Youens / Jos Simson

+44(0)20 7920 3150


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