A British gold miner faces up to five years in prison after outraging fellow workers at a mine in Kyrgyzstan by comparing a national delicacy to a horse penis.
Michael Mcfeat was arrested under race hate laws in the country after his remarks on Facebook about the horsemeat sausage known as chuchuk caused a temporary strike.
The 39-year-old posted a photo of people apparently in a canteen at the Kumtor mine, saying his colleagues were queuing out of the door for their “special delicacy, the horse’s penis.”
An interior ministry spokesman said that Mr Mcfeat, who works as a welding superintendent for Toronto-based Centerra Gold, was detained by police.
Mcfeat, of Abernethy, Perthshire, now faces racial hatred charges, which can bring three to five years in prison.
He later removed his comments and apologized. He said: “I truly never meant to offend anyone and I’m truly sorry as it was never my intention.” The British embassy confirmed it was looking into the case.
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