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12 Apr 2013

Rob Davies, This is Money [UK]

Cambodia farmers launch action against Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle is facing a multi-million pound High Court lawsuit from Cambodian farmers, who claim the sugar giant knowingly profited from illegally seized land. Lawyers acting for 200 villagers have accused Tate & Lyle of buying sugar from the Koh Kong Companies, despite being aware of allegations the Cambodian firm acquired its plantations unlawfully. The Koh Kong Companies allegedly seized the land from villagers, who claim they were evicted by force after being subjected to ‘multiple instances of arson, theft and wrongful damage’…Koh Kong later converted the land to grow sugar cane and convert it to raw sugar for export to Tate & Lyle…The Cambodians want Tate & Lyle to pay them for the consignments of sugar it has received from Koh Kong, claiming they are the rightful owners of anything produced on their land…Tate & Lyle Sugars says the land was legally purchased by the Koh Kong Companies…

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Cambodian farmers file UK lawsuit alleging Tate & Lyle bought sugar grown on illegally seized land

Koh Kong sugar plantation lawsuits (re Cambodia)