This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 20 °C Monday 1 June, 2020

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.
Image: Wikipedia

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

Read: Donald Trump is not backing down over comments being used to recruit Islamic extremists>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:


Read next: