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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00

Chiquita executives could be investigated by the International Criminal Court

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Human rights organizations asked the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation on executives of the Chiquita Brands Company for their responsibility in crimes against humanity committed particularly in the banana crop growing regions of Colombia.

The coalition of organizations supports its lawsuit and request in a series of internal documents of the Chiquita Brands Company from which they traced the form and amounts given by the executives to paramilitaries between 1997 and 2004, operations that despite having already been admitted by the company, none of those responsible have been held accountable to the law.

In their report, the organizations provide a sealed appendix identifying the names of 14 employees, executives and members of the board, on whom the ICC Prosecutor's Office should focus their attention.

Its contribution to illegal armed organizations for "security" allowed the company to consolidate itself as the most profitable in the banana market in the world, payments that are considered illegal for the United States Department of Justice.

The United States has already found the company guilty in a federal court in 2007, however to date no "criminal investigation has been carried out against executives who supervised and implemented such a payment scheme" and that there doesn’t seem to be any horizon for a criminal prosecution in the United States despite the continuity of the civil litigation in its courts.

The organizations ultimately seek that the ICC Prosecutor request formal authorization from the Pre-Trial Chamber to open an investigation against the company's executives if the Colombian authorities do not advance on the case, which should be of priority due the historical situation that the country is experiencing regarding the implementation of the peace agreements and the monitoring of truth, justice and reparation processes.

Source: Contagio Radio

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