The matters alleged in this litigation were thoroughly investigated by an independent special committee. The committee was led by the leading law firm in America for such investigations—Fried, Frank, Shriver & Johnson and its partner, Michael Bromwich, a former federal prosecutor who has investigated matters such as the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the conduct of Aldrich Ames and the Iran- Contra conspiracy.
This independent committee found absolutely no evidence to suggest that either the company or its management was influenced by any motivation other than the sincere and abiding belief that payments to Colombian paramilitary groups were made under duress and were necessary to protect the lives of its employees. A copy of the committee’s report is attached, with confidential identities redacted [see report here].
Chiquita offers its condolences to all Colombians who suffered during this regrettable period in the country’s history. But we have been clear that, at all times, the company prioritized the safety of its employees and their families, and acted accordingly. Once an American jury hears all of the evidence we are certain that Chiquita will be completely vindicated.