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June start for Dutch trial over I. Coast waste dump

A company that chartered a ship that dumped waste alleged to have killed 17 people in the Ivory Coast will stand trial from June 1 along with the boat's captain, a court said Wednesday. The Probo Koala dumped caustic soda and petroleum residues on city waste tips in Abidjan in August 2006 after having been prevented from offloading in Amsterdam…Trafigura, which chartered the ship, and its captain are to be tried in Amsterdam for breaking Dutch waste export laws among other charges…The waste caused 17 deaths and thousands of poisoning cases, according to Ivory Coast lawyers…The company has, nevertheless, always denied any link between the waste and any deaths or serious illnesses in the Ivory Coast.

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