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Gibson postpones announcement regarding Fiji deal

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Gibson Guitar postponed a news conference scheduled Wednesday afternoon with the prime minister of Fiji to reveal a new partnership.

The company said the news conference will be delayed because of a "scheduling issue."

The meeting was expected to announce that Gibson is becoming the exclusive buyer of Fiji Pure Mahogany, a wood certified as legally grown, harvested and produced.

Last month, agents carried away computer hard drives, pallets of wood and guitars they suspected of being made of wood imported in violation of the Lacey Act, which bans importation of environmentally threatened plants and animals.

Gibson has denied any wrongdoing. CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has said the company is being unfairly targeted.

Gibson Guitar raid: musicians not targeted

Federal officials say that people who unknowingly possess musical instruments made with illegal wood products do not face prosecution.

In a letter to Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, officials with the U.S. Justice Department and the Interior Department say enforcement efforts are focused on those "removing protected species from the wild and making a profit by trafficking in them."

The letter responds to correspondence from Blackburn raising concerns over recent raids on Gibson Guitar Corp. factories in Memphis and Nashville.

Copyright 2011 WSMV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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