NEW YORK (CNN) — A $7.86 billion lawsuit was filed Wednesday in New York on behalf of nearly 400 Colombian families who say Chiquita Brands International should be held responsible for the “torture and murder” of their loved ones.
With a map of alleged victims, Jonathan Reiter makes his case Wednesday at a New York news conference.
Attorney Jonathan Reiter said his clients are seeking “damages for terrorism, war crimes … and wrongful death.”
The plaintiffs are asking for $10 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages for each of the 393 victims named in the suit.
Earlier this year, Chiquita, as part of a plea agreement, admitted that what it called protection payments had been given to Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, or AUC. AUC was named a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money.
The lawsuit alleges Chiquita’s interaction with the paramilitary group went further than the payments — it accuses the company of facilitating shipments of arms to the group.
This company has it’s history of scandals and has ‘homeboy’ ties to George Bush …
Chiquita’s vice president of corporate affairs, Joe Hagin, worked as the deputy campaign manager for George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential race. He took a leave of absence from his regular position at Chiquita to work closely with Bush on the campaign trail.
— Cincinnati Enquirer, 05/10/2000
In March 2007, Chiquita Brands pled guilty to doing business with a terrorist organization, and agreed to pay a $25 million fine. The guilty plea ended a lenthy US Justice Department investigation into Chiquita’s payments to Columbian groups listed as terrorist organizations by the US government. US statutes make it a crime to knowingly support such groups, but prosecuters said several unnamed high-ranking Chiquita officers agreed to pay about $1.7 million between 1997 and 2004 to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, known as AUC for its Spanish initials, in exchange for protection of its banana fields. According to US officials, the AUC has been involved in the killing of thousands of rural Colombians for suspected links to Marxist rebels, in addition to torture, kidnappings, rape, beatings, extortion and drug trafficking. Chiquita’s sentencing is scheduled for June 2007.
— MSNBC, 03/19/2007
Source URL: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17688439/
No surprises here. It has become a moot point that King George has his hands, and whatever your imagination can provide, in the pockets of his corporate providers … advisers. So, connecting the dots, it is no wonder that King George is doing the bidding of his evildoing partners. King George IS THE EVILDOER. My grandpa always said, “smeller the feller”. The one who hollers loudest is the guiltiest. What has George hollered loudest about? “They hate our freedom”. Well, well, well, is that he has taken our freedoms away? How come his corporate buddies historically get off ‘scot free’? Our first clue should have been when ENRON took the hit for George after they funded him into office, by screwing their own employees and investors.
Enjoy the cool website: FreakingNews that has a Photo Shop contest linking Chiquita Bananas and Terrorists.