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Côte d’Ivoire: Lawyers in Trafigura toxic waste lawsuit reach deal over distribution of settlement funds

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18 February 2010

Deal reached over Trafigura payout in I.Coast

Author: AFP

Lawyers for...multinational Trafigura and victims of toxic waste poisoning in the Ivory Coast said they have reached a deal over distributing millions of dollars in damages. The deal reached on Wednesday unblocks payment of 33 million euros (44.8 million dollars) in compensation to 31,000 victims of the disaster, which was frozen by a court order last year. Claude Gohourou, president of the victims' association, said distribution of the funds "will be carried out jointly with the English lawyers" for Trafigura, Leigh Day and Company. The payout, amounting to around 1,150 euros (around 1,560 dollars) to each victim, will begin in March, said Kouame Klemet, an Abidjan-based lawyer for Leigh Day.

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Author: Laura Adolphe, Afrik.com

Le cabinet d’avocat britannique Leigh Day & Co et la Coordination nationale des victimes des déchets toxiques de la Côte d’Ivoire (CNVDT-CI) ont enfin conclu un accord jeudi. Les deux organisations vont désormais tenter de mener conjointement le versement des indemnisations aux victimes des pollutions du cargo Probo Koala... Le navire, affrété par la société hollandaise Trafigura avait déversé 500 tonnes de déchets toxiques, en août 2006, dans les décharges publiques d’Abidjan... Selon Amnesty International, « il est extrêmement troublant que les avocats des victimes aient été contraints de conclure un accord avec une organisation dont la prétention à représenter 30 000 victimes est de toute évidence frauduleuse »... «...Amnesty International craint que les fonds ne soient pas alloués dans le délai imparti et que la CNVDT-CI finisse par partir de toutes les façons avec l’argent », a déclaré Widney Brown, directrice générale chargée du droit international et de la stratégie politique à Amnesty International.

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14 February 2010

Agreement gives hope to Ivorian toxic waste victims

Author: Leigh Day & Co

An agreement between Leigh Day & Co and Claude Gohourou has just been signed which will enable the verification and then payment process for the 30,000 Ivorian claimants from the legal action against Trafigura to commence…The agreement enables the Leigh Day verification process to be put into operation to try and ensure that the claimants are paid their compensation…Martyn Day, senior partner of Leigh Day said today: "I am pleased we have been able to reach this agreement…For the moment the agreement gives hope where there was little before. We will do whatever we can to turn that hope of compensation into a reality."

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