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'Drummond not part of the conflict,' official says

Author: Russell Hubbard, Birmingham News [US], Published on: 24 July 2007

The president of Drummond's Colombian coal-mining unit testified Monday the company never paid illegal armed groups and made no agreements with any. "We don't make payments to illegal groups or make agreements," Augusto Jimenez testified in U.S. District Court in Birmingham….Jimenez and Drummond Ltd. are defendants in the lawsuit that was filed in 2002. A Colombian labor union and the families of three slain labor organizers said in their civil suit that Birmingham-based Drummond paid right-wing militia gunmen for their 2001 killings.

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