Scottish welder cocks up in Kyrgyzstan

A Scottish welding superintendent has slipped up on social media, facing jail after joking that his Kyrgyz colleagues were queuing up for a helping of horse penis.

British citizen Michael McFeat faces three to five years in prison, according to The Telegraph, on charges of racial hatred after he wrote a Facebook post which suggested a national dish served at New Year celebrations, a sausage made of horsemeat called chuchuk, was a “special delicacy, the horses [sic] penis”.

McFeat’s fellow employees at the Kumtor Gold Mine took grave offense at the comments, and went on strike, as well as collecting more than 100 signatures to petition for the expat’s arrest.

Michael-Mcfeat-2_3540027b.jpgMcFeat removed the Facebook post and replaced it with an apology, stating: “I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely appologise for the comment I made on here about the Kyrgyz people and horses penis. I truly never meant to offend anyone and I'm truly sorry as it was never my intention. I would also like to say the people in the picture had absolutely nothing to do with it. again im very very sorry [sic]."

In the week prior to Christmas the Kyrgyzstan government halted talks with Canadian miner Centerra Gold over plans to restructure the joint Kumtor project, saying the current deal "ran counter to the country's national interests”.

For more than two years the Kyrgyzstan government has attempted to negotiate with Centerra to increase their 32.7 per cent share to a 50/50 deal, however in April former Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev, who said a 50/50 joint venture with Centerra was not in the country's interests, pushing for nationalisation of the mine.

Otorbayev later resigned over his failure to restructure the agreement for the Kumtor Gold Mine, which accounts for up to 10 per cent of the nation’s economic output.

Kumtor is expected this year to produce 470,000 to 520,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of around $US819-$US908 per ounce.

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