Aura Minerals Inc.
TSX : ORA

Aura Minerals Inc.

June 09, 2008 18:22 ET

Aura Minerals Inc. Receives Funds From Escrow

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - Aura Minerals Inc. (TSX:ORA) -

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Aura Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "Aura Minerals") is pleased to announce that it has satisfied the conditions for the release of the funds in escrow and a net amount of approximately $57,000,000 has been delivered to the Company. The Company previously announced the closing of a "best efforts" private placement offering on May 29, 2008 of 44,445,000 subscription receipts (the "Subscription Receipts") at a price of $1.35 per Subscription Receipt for aggregate gross proceeds of $60,000,750, which funds were placed in escrow on closing (see News Release No. 2008-14 dated May 29, 2008). In accordance with the subscription receipt indenture dated May 29, 2008, each Subscription Receipt has been deemed exchanged, without payment of any additional consideration, for one common share of the Company. All such common shares are subject to resale restrictions until September 30, 2008.

This news release is intended for distribution in Canada only and is not intended for distribution to United States newswire services or dissemination in the United States. The securities being offered have not, nor will they be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from the U.S. registration requirements. This release does not constitute an offer for sale of securities in the United States.

About Aura Minerals Inc.

Aura Minerals is a Canadian resource company focused on the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of mining properties in the Americas. In addition to the Company's newly acquired Aranzazu Project, the Company owns the advanced stage Arapiraca Project in north-eastern Brazil, which was originally explored in the 1980's and 1990's for copper and gold. The project also contains magnetite (up to 50%) and nickel and the Company plans to evaluate the Arapiraca Project for all four metals which can be readily extracted. The nearby infrastructure is excellent with ready access to electricity, water and shipping ports.

For further information, please visit Aura Minerals' web site at www.auraminerals.com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States. The securities have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933.

Cautionary Statement:

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include those risks set out in Aura Minerals' public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although Aura Minerals believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Aura Minerals disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

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