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22 Jan 2010

BBC News

Fear over Ivory Coast ruling on Trafigura waste pay-out

A court in Ivory Coast has ruled that $45m (£28m) due to 30,000 alleged victims of dumped waste should be distributed by a local activist. Claimants' lawyers expressed doubts about whether the activist, Claude Gohourou, would pass on the money. Mr Gohourou's association said fraud was more likely if the lawyers handled the money. The case concerns 500 tonnes of chemical waste brought to Ivory Coast by multi-national oil company Trafigura and dumped around Abidjan by a local contractor in 2006. Trafigura agreed last year to pay people who said they had been made ill by the waste…[The ruling] overturns an earlier ruling that Mr Gohourou should not distribute the payments, and claimants' lawyers said they would appeal.

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Côte d’Ivoire: Abidjan court rules that a local activist should distribute Trafigura waste pay-out - claimants' lawyers fear that victims will not receive the funds

Trafigura lawsuit (re hazardous waste disposal in Côte d’Ivoire, filed in UK)