Rio Cristal Zinc Corporation
TSX VENTURE : RCZ

Rio Cristal Zinc Corporation

April 17, 2008 09:30 ET

Rio Cristal Zinc Appoints Hans A. Flury to the Board of Directors

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Rio Cristal Zinc Corp. (the "Company" or "RCZ") (TSX VENTURE:RCZ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Hans A. Flury of Lima, Peru as a Director of the Company, effective April 14, 2008.

As a distinguished corporate lawyer and former Minister of Mines and Energy for the Peruvian Government, Mr. Flury brings over 30 years of legal experience in the Peruvian mining industry to RCZ. "Mr. Flury brings a wealth of knowledge about mining law in Peru and will be a valuable addition to our Board of Directors," said Charles Ushela, President and CEO of Rio Cristal Zinc Corp.

Mr. Flury received his law degree from Catholic University in Lima, Peru in 1976. He joined Southern Peru Copper Corporation in 1974 as an intern and, after a series of promotions, became Vice President - Legal in 1989. In July 2003, Mr. Flury was named Minister of Energy and Mines for the Government of Peru, a position he held until February 2004. In March 2004 he joined the law firm of Rodrigo, Elias and Medrano in Lima before returning to Southern Copper Corp. (previously Southern Peru Copper Corp.) as Director - Legal in 2005.

Mr. Flury has been active in the mining industry in Peru for his entire career. He has served as President of the Sociedad Nacional de Mineria, Petroleo y Energia in 1997 and 1998 and is currently a Vice President and Director of that organization. He also serves as a Director of the Confederacion Nacional de Instituciones Empresariales Privadas (CONFIEP).

About Rio Cristal Zinc Corporation

Rio Cristal Zinc is a Canadian corporation focused on the discovery and future development of zinc deposits in Peru. The principal asset of RCZ is the Charlotte Bongara claim block located in northern Peru within an emerging Mississippi Valley-type zinc district. Additional information can be found on the Company's website, www.riocristalzinc.com.

This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential exploration results, future plans and objectives of the Company are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future results, events and objectives could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Rio Cristal's expectations include exploration and other risks detailed from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators.

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