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17 Apr 2015

Alice Bradshaw-Smith, Colombia Reports (Colombia)

Drummond sues NGO & others in US court for accusing firm of collaborating with paramilitaries over human rights abuses in Colombia

“Drummond hits back at those who accused company of paramilitary ties,” 11 Apr 2015

…Drummond has sued those who had accused the…business of collaborating with paramilitaries guilty of human rights violations in Colombia. A recently filed lawsuit contends that several lawyers, an advocacy group and a Dutch competitor worked together to extort money from Drummond through their allegations against the company. Drummond…was accused of financing paramilitary groups responsible for 2,600 homicides, massacres, forced displacement, and disappearances…as was detailed in an investigative report released by the Dutch NGO PAX last year…The court concluded in their published report that there was no proof that “the paramilitaries were receiving payments from Drummond,” and determined that “the evidence presented by the plaintiffs did not prove the guilt of the defendants.”…The multinational’s claims...allege that its adversaries have violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a federal law generally used to combat the mafia….

Part of the following timelines

Drummond sues NGO & others for accusing firm of collaborating with Colombian paramilitaries; intl. NGOs issue statement

Drummond lawsuit (re paramilitary killings in Colombia, filed in the US by families of deceased labour leaders)