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I had no idea where to post this, apologies if it's in the wrong place.

from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6452455.stm

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US banana company Chiquita Brands International has said it will plead guilty to a count of doing business with a paramilitary group in Colombia.

The firm has agreed to pay a court settlement of $25m (£13m) to resolve an inquiry by the US justice department.

Prosecutors said Chiquita paid about $1.7m between 1997 and 2004 to the United Self Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) in return for "protection".

Chiquita says it was only motivated by the desire to safeguard its employees.

The AUC, which is listed by the US and EU as a terrorist organisation, has carried out massacres and assassinations, although it is now engaged in a peace process.

Prosecutors say Chiquita also made payments to Colombia's main left-wing rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

The company's former Colombian subsidiary operated in areas where there was a strong presence of both armed groups.
 

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I read about this yesterday. It sounds like Chiquita was paying "protection" money to the local mob, which happens to have been classified as a terrorist group in September 2001 (gee, wonder about that timing?). I'm not saying what they did is right, but they did come forward on their own and stop paying the group, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

--Fromper

 

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they didn't come forward on their own. there was a 3-year inquiry. and they finally plead guilty to it, which means that there is no doubt for them to benefit from.

also, they've only stopped paying the group because they were getting threats, and "they have since sold their Colombian operations."

so how is Colombia after all this, with guerrilla forces $1.7mil. richer? and Colombians? I guess it doesn't matter.
 

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Originally Posted by Fromper View Post

I read about this yesterday. It sounds like Chiquita was paying "protection" money to the local mob, which happens to have been classified as a terrorist group in September 2001 (gee, wonder about that timing?). I'm not saying what they did is right, but they did come forward on their own and stop paying the group, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

--Fromper

Yep, this is basically the story I heard too. They were paying the "protection" money in order to keep their employees safe.


Whether that is the true story or not, it's a sad situation either way.

Michelle
 

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The fact of the matter is, the government is powerless in Colombia and the law of the jungle has been the norm in this country for decades. As long as this situation takes place, other groups with their own agendas will take over the reins of power.
 
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