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Toxic waste claimants relieved as Abidjan court refuses transfer of funds

This afternoon, the President (Antoine Ble) of the Tribunal of First Instance in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, gave his judgment that the compensation fund for the 30,000 claimants who alleged they were victims of the 2006 toxic waste dumping in Abidjan from the Trafigura ship, the Probo Koala should remain in the client account of their lawyers, Leigh Day & Co. The Court specifically decided that the money should not be transferred to the account of Claude Gohourou, who had claimed that his association, the National Coordination of Toxic Waste Victims of Cote d’Ivoire (CNVDT-CI) represented all 30,000 Claimants and should have received the money on their behalf.

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Trafigura lawsuits (re Côte d’Ivoire)

Côte d'Ivoire: Court rejects attempt by alleged "representative" of Trafigura toxic waste victims to claim compensation funds