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Chiquita Executives Must Face Claims Over Colombian Torture

Executives at Chiquita Brands International Inc., the banana label owner that pleaded guilty in 2007 to making payments to Colombian paramilitary groups, must face U.S. lawsuits claiming they played a role in torture, a judge ruled.

Relatives of Colombian victims can pursue claims under the Torture Victim Protection Act…The plaintiffs claim Chiquita paid $1.7 million from 1995 to 2004 to the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, which murdered supporters of anti-government guerilla groups.