THE AUSTRALIAN (Australia)
DARWIN - A mining company convicted in a landmark ruling of desecrating an Aboriginal sacred site has apologised after being fined $150,000 for the damage.
In the first successful prosecution by a government authority of a mining company for desecration under Australian law, OM Manganese was found to have caused a "horizontal arm" of rock to break off, reducing its sacredness to traditional owners and damaging its spiritual connections.
In the case, brought by the NT Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, a magistrate found the mining company guilty of desecrating the sacred site known as Two Women Sitting Down, about 170 km north of Tennant Creek.
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