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15 Apr 2010

William McQuillen, Bloomberg

Chiquita Faces New Claims Over Colombia Terrorism [USA]

Chiquita…was sued by hundreds of families who claim relatives were kidnapped and murdered after the company helped Marxist rebels in Colombia. The complaint filed yesterday in federal court in…Florida, represents more than 240 people who were victims of violence. The plaintiffs…claim that Chiquita aided and abetted in the murders and provided material support and resources to terrorists…Chiquita made payments to the right-wing paramilitary group United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, out of fear of violent retaliation against its employees, spokesman Ed Loyd said in an e-mailed statement. “…so holding Chiquita…responsible for the AUC’s horrible crimes makes no sense,” Loyd said…