Cote d’Ivoire Toxic Waste Trial

Thanks to Robin Turner for the link to this story.

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Trafigura accused over Ivory Coast toxic waste

Dutch prosecutors have accused multi-national oil trading firm Trafigura of illegally exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast in 2006.

The allegations came at the start of a trial in which the firm is accused of breaking Dutch export and environmental laws and forging official documents.

Lawyers for Trafigura in court in Amsterdam, 1 June 2010

Tens of thousands of people in Ivory Coast said the waste made them ill.

Trafigura rejects the charges. It denies the waste was dangerous, or that it knew the chemicals would be dumped.

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