Dutch court fines Trafigura €1m for exporting toxic waste to Ivory Coast - Trafigura employee & captain of ship convicted

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23 July 2010

Trafigura fined €1m for illegally exporting hazardous waste to Africa

Author: Guardian [UK]

A Dutch court has fined the oil trading company Trafigura €1m (£840,000) for illegally exporting hazardous waste to west Africa. The court in Amsterdam declared the export to Ivory Coast was against the law, and also found Trafigura guilty of concealing the dangerous nature of the waste…The Amsterdam district court judge Frans Bauduin also convicted a Trafigura employee for his role in the 2006 scandal, and the Ukranian captain of the Probo Koala ship that carried the waste…Trafigura's lawyer Aldo Verbruggen said the charges were based on an unfounded moral judgment. He said: "Trafigura is a company that takes responsible entrepreneurship very seriously..."

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23 July 2010

Trafigura found guilty in toxic waste dumping tragedy

Author: Amnesty International

Amnesty International today welcomed the guilty verdict by a Dutch court against…Trafigura, for delivering hazardous waste to Amsterdam while concealing the true nature of the waste, and for exporting the waste to Cote D’Ivoire. Today's verdict is the first time the company has been held criminally accountable for its involvement in exporting the hazardous waste to Cote d’Ivoire. "This judgement appears damning given Trafigura's previous denials of any wrongdoing. The waste, which was ultimately dumped in Cote d’Ivoire, had a huge impact on the lives of tens of thousands of people," said Benedetta Lacey, a special advisor at Amnesty International…

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