Barrick has filed a formal complaint referring these matters to both the Ontario and British Columbia Securities Commissions. Barrick has also contacted the RCMP Integrated Market Enforcement Team (IMET) regarding these matters. It should be noted that Mr. Lopehandia, who appears to be the source of the “information” forming the basis of MWR's false and misleading statements, has a long history of asserting false claims against Barrick in connection with the Pascua property. In 2002, Barrick commenced a defamation action against Mr. Lopehandia in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Mr. Lopehandia took no steps to defend the action and in 2003 Barrick obtained a damages award against Mr. Lopehandia. In June 2004, the Ontario Court of Appeal issued a judgment against Mr. Lopehandia awarding Barrick increased general damages, punitive damages and a permanent injunction restraining Mr. Lopehandia from disseminating, posting on the Internet or publishing further defamatory statements concerning Barrick or its officers, directors or employees.