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5 Nov 2010

Jim Wyss, Miami Herald [US]

Colombia's ex-leader Alvaro Uribe subpoenaed in U.S. federal court

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has been subpoenaed to provide a deposition in a lawsuit against a U.S. coal company that allegedly supported right-wing death squads who killed at least 116 people in that nation. Uribe is not directly accused of wrong-doing but may shed light on key issues in the case that is being tried in U.S. federal court, said Terry Collingsworth, the plaintiffs' lawyer. The suit alleges that...Drummond worked with the Colombian Army and the United Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC paramilitary group, from 1999-2005 to battle left-wing guerrillas that were threatening its installations there. Collingsworth represents about 500 plaintiffs who say their family members were killed by the AUC during those operations...Drummond had no comment. [also refers to Chiquita, Coca-Cola]

Part of the following timelines

Colombia: Ex-presidente Uribe es citado a declarar en corte de EE.UU. en caso por presuntos nexos de la empresa Drummond con paramilitares

Coca-Cola lawsuit (re Colombia)