Lydian Provides Update on Criminal Investigations Against Illegal Blockaders

TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lydian International Limited (TSX: LYD) (“Lydian” or the “Company”) announced it was informed today that on July 18, 2019 the Republic of Armenia Cassation Court declined an appeal submitted by the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia from court orders requiring authorities to initiate criminal investigations in respect of the actions of the protesters that had set up illegal blockades preventing access to Lydian’s Amulsar Project since June 2018.

Lydian was also informed today that the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Armenia, Vayots Dzor Province, initiated criminal proceedings on August 14, 2019 in respect of the actions of the protesters that had set up the illegal blockades.

The procedural background of the case is as follows:

In June 2018, illegal blockades were set up by protesters preventing access to Lydian’s Amulsar Project.  In July 2018, Lydian Armenia CJSC, a subsidiary of Lydian, filed a complaint with the Jermuk Unit of the Vayots Dzor Police Department to initiate a criminal investigation in respect of the protesters that had set up the illegal blockades.

The Police denied this request, resulting in Lydian applying to the Ararat and Vayots Dzor Region General Jurisdiction Court in September 2018 for a reversal of the Police decision. In January 2019, that Court ruled in Lydian’s favour, establishing that the Police had failed to initiate a criminal case based on the alleged violations.

The Vayots Dzor Prosecutor appealed the initial Court’s ruling.  In April 2019, the Criminal Court of Appeal of the Republic of Armenia rejected that appeal, but the Deputy Prosecutor General appealed to the Cassation Court of Armenia (the highest Armenian court).  The Cassation Court dismissed that appeal on July 18, 2019.

As a result of the Cassation Court’s ruling, the Prosecutor is compelled to initiate a criminal investigation under the articles of hooliganism and arrogation of the Armenian Criminal Code in respect of the actions of the protesters that had set up the illegal blockades, and has informed Lydian it has done so.

Lydian notes that in all three appeals, Armenian courts have supported Lydian’s position.

About Lydian International Limited

Lydian is a gold developer focused on construction at its 100%-owned Amulsar Project, located in south-central Armenia. However, illegal blockades have prevented access to Amulsar since late June 2018. Amulsar is expected to be a large-scale, low-cost operation with production targeted to average approximately 225,000 ounces annually over an initial 10-year mine life. Estimated mineral resources contain 3.5 million measured and indicated gold ounces and 1.3 million inferred gold ounces as outlined in the Q1 2017 Technical Report. Existing mineral resources beyond current reserves and open extensions provide opportunities to improve average annual production and extend the mine life. Lydian is committed to good international industry practices in all aspects of its operations including production, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. For more information and to directly contact us, please visit

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