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Miners operating illegally in Guyana now face penalties from the courts, Prime Minister and Mining Minister Sam Hinds was quoted as saying by the country's Stabroek News.
His comments followed the December 31 end of an amnesty for illegal aliens working in the country.
Hinds has met with the relevant ministries and agencies to regularize employment of non-nationals in the mining sector, mainly Brazilians garimpeiros.
By the deadline date only 337 had registered, compared with an estimated 5,000-10,000 working illegally.