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Leonard Homeniuk, Former Centerra CEO, Detained Over Corruption Allegations. Again.

08/26/2015 04:51 EDT | Updated 08/26/2016 05:59 EDT
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CANADA - SEPTEMBER 06: Leonard 'Len' Homeniuk, president and chief executive officer of Centerra Gold Inc., poses during the Merrill Lynch Canada Mining Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007. (Photo by Norm Betts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Toronto-based gold miner Centerra Gold says former CEO Leonard Homeniuk, who was first detained last month by Bulgarian authorities on corruption allegations, has been re-arrested.

The company says Homeniuk was apprehended in late July while on vacation with his family at the request of Kyrgyzstan.

The government of Kyrgyzstan had issued an international arrest warrant on corruption charges.

Centerra Gold spokesman John Pearson says Homeniuk was later placed under house arrest in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia but has now been transferred to detention in Vidin.

Pearson says he doesn't know why Pearson has been re-arrested but the company has been in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The department says it is aware of Homeniuk's detention and refused to provide any more details, citing confidentiality.

The government of Kyrgyzstan has accused Homeniuk of corruption in his dealings with Kyrgyz officials in 2003, when Centerra Gold was spun off from Saskatchewan-based uranium miner Cameco Corp. to manage the massive Kumtor mine project.

Centerra Gold has said there is no evidence to support Homeniuk's arrest.

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