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21 Nov 2009


Trafigura waste victims waiting for compensation

Thousands of victims of toxic waste dumped in Ivory Coast are still waiting for compensation two months after a settlement was agreed because of a dispute over who should distribute the money. Oil trading firm Trafigura agreed to pay 33 million euros (49 million dollars)…The money was to be distributed by the victims' British lawyers Leigh Day and Company, but…the president of the Ivorian national coordination of toxic waste victims…obtained a court order last month blocking payment…An Ivorian court recently ruled the victims' group case to be inadmissible, but upheld the blocking order, saying the law firm had not shown it was properly mandated to make the payments.