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British man detained in Kyrgyzstan after comparing local delicacy to a horse penis

He posted the comment on Facebook.

A commercial form of the sausage which is eaten in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
A commercial form of the sausage which is eaten in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
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A BRITON WORKING at a foreign-owned gold mine in Kyrgyzstan has been detained and faces up to five years in jail for comparing a local delicacy to a horse penis.

An interior ministry spokesman told AFP that Michael Mcfeat, an employee of Toronto-based Centerra Gold, was detained by police after posting the comment on Facebook, which caused a temporary strike at the mine.

Mcfeat wrote that his Kyrgyz colleagues were queueing for their “special delicacy, the horse’s penis” during holiday celebrations, referring to a traditional horse sausage known as “chuchuk” or Sujuk.

Racial hatred charges

Mcfeat now faces racial hatred charges, which can entail between three to five years in prison under Kyrgyz law.

A local trade union leader confirmed that work at the mine, which accounts for up to 10% of ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan’s economic output, resumed on Sunday after a short strike.

Mcfeat later deleted the post and issued an apology on his Facebook page, saying he had not meant to offend anyone.

Horse meat including offal is a popular delicacy in both Kyrgyzstan and neighbouring Kazakhstan where nomadic traditions have been revived since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Kyrgyz government is currently in an ownership stand-off with Centerra, which wholly owns the Kumtor Gold mine and operates it through a subsidiary.

Kyrgyzstan holds a 32.7% stake in Centerra, and until last month had been trying to swap that for a 50% stake in the Kumtor mine.

The government walked out of negotiations on December 22, promising to present a new proposal for restructuring the mine’s ownership.

- © AFP, 2016

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