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Trafigura fined €1m for illegally exporting hazardous waste to Africa

Author: Guardian [UK], Published on: 23 July 2010

A Dutch court has fined the oil trading company Trafigura €1m (£840,000) for illegally exporting hazardous waste to west Africa. The court in Amsterdam declared the export to Ivory Coast was against the law, and also found Trafigura guilty of concealing the dangerous nature of the waste…The Amsterdam district court judge Frans Bauduin also convicted a Trafigura employee for his role in the 2006 scandal, and the Ukranian captain of the Probo Koala ship that carried the waste…Trafigura's lawyer Aldo Verbruggen said the charges were based on an unfounded moral judgment. He said: "Trafigura is a company that takes responsible entrepreneurship very seriously..."

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