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3 Mar 2007

Stephen Flanagan Jackson, LatinAmericanPost.com

Drummond faces trial for murder [USA]

An Alabama coal giant faces a May 14 jury trial for the three 2001 wrongful deaths of its Colombia employees---all union leaders at its Colombia coal mine. US Federal Judge Karon O. Bowdre allowed the one charge---a tort for damages---to remain in the unsolved murders of the three coal mine workers. The judge threw out several other charges against Drummond Co. and its Colombia subsidiary for lack of evidence...The status of the blockbuster testimony of a key Colombia witness, Rafael Garcia, remains up in the air in the case which was filed in March 2002 under the...Alien Tort Claims Act...[also refers to Southern Company, Alabama Power, Gulf Power]