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23 Jun 2008

Wendy Braanker, Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Probo Koala toxic waste trial begins [Netherlands]

This week an Amsterdam court will start hearing evidence relating to the Probo Koala waste scandal. In the summer of 2006, 16 people died in Ivory Coast's port city of Abidjan and thousands more became ill following the dumping of waste from the ship Probo Koala. A Dutch company, Trafigura, had hired the ship to transport the waste… Trafigura and three other parties are facing prosecution: the captain of the Probo Koala, the City of Amsterdam and the waste-processing company Amsterdam Port Services. On Friday the court decided not to proceed with the case against Trafigura executive Claude Dauphin, one of the firm's founders. [also refers to Compagnie Tommy]

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Netherlands prosecution of Trafigura begins over pollution in Côte d'Ivoire

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