So far so normal, but when we get to the body of the text we read something very strange indeed. Here for the record is a screenshot of part of the text (just in case it “accidentally” goes missing from the El Comercio website):
Pray tell, how did El Comercio know about a news release that didn’t exist until twelve hours later? Why, at lunchtime on November 26th, was El Comercio referring to a NR that didn’t get published until November 27th in the past tense?
But that’s not all. The El Comercio report goes on with a quote from Jaime Pinto and here I’m going to bore you with a chunk of Spanish, the same in that screenshot, so you can play at Google Translate for yourself if you want:
The answer is, of course, that El Comercio published something it wasn’t supposed to have. And that shows just how much theatre was going on that day in the room inside Fasken Martineau that played host to the EGM. Team Hodges had already decided that the vote wasn’t going to take place and it would accept no arguments from the floor up to and including the point where it had already written the NR that it would send out to the market the next day before the meeting was done. But somebody somewhere screwed up, sent off the pre-written missive too early and it got published 12 hours before time in Peru’s newspaper of record. And I read it.
I would strongly suggest to lawyers looking into this case that, come the time, they get a few people from the El Comercio newspaper on record about the happenings of November 26th. Those lawyers should also get Messrs. Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor and Oliver Donaldson of Canaccord Genuity Limited in London, the NOMAD (Nominated Adviser and Broker) for Minera IRL Ltd, on record as it would seem they have committed a grave infraction and dereliction of duty regarding key company news releases.