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30 Okt 2018

International Rights Advocates

Drummond Officials Charged with Financing AUC War Crimes in Colombia

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The Colombian Specialized Criminal Prosecutor’s Office No. 247 conducted an independent investigation across the last year and concluded there was sufficient evidence to formally open a criminal case against Drummond Company Ltd., the American coal giant, for financing the terrorist United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), the umbrella paramilitary group in Colombia.

The prosecutor named the Drummond officials who provided funding, logistical support and other assistance to the AUC’s war crimes from 1996 to 2006.

[The NGO] IRAdvocates represents over 600 families who had a close relative murdered by AUC death squads directed by Drummond to protect the company’s rail line from guerilla groups.

The AUC has admitted that it used scorched-earth tactics and killed anyone “suspected” of being aligned with guerilla groups who happened to wander near Drummond’s facilities.

Drummond has long denied any association with the AUC...[and] initiated frivolous...suits against the lawyers who were attempting to bring Drummond to justice...

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Colombia: Prosecutor charges Drummond officials with financing paramilitaries' war crimes from 1996 to 2006; with company comments

Drummond lawsuit (re paramilitary killings in Colombia, criminal proceedings in Colombia)