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28 Jan 2013

Author:
Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron Paying at Least $326,000 Bribe to Ecuadorian Judge for False Testimony

Last week the Ecuadorian plaintiffs, who won the judgment, revealed…that Chevron had offered lucrative benefits packages to former Ecuadorian judges in return for false testimony in order to undermine the environmental trial that led to the $19 billion verdict…Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the 80 indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador who won the judgment against Chevron, said that Guerra had offered to provide truthful testimony to the rainforest communities if they would pay him. The communities refused on principle to accede to that request, and instead encouraged Guerra to disclose what he knew about Chevron's corruption and pressure campaign against him and other judges…Rebuffed by the rainforest communities, Guerra then accepted Chevron's offer and moved to the U.S., he added.

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