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Union & NGO file criminal charges against Nestlé in Switzerland alleging it failed to prevent death of trade unionist in Colombia - company denies all allegations

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Author: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé

Con asombro hemos tomado conocimiento de la denuncia penal que ha interpuesto Sinaltrainal y el European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), ante el Procurador General del Cantón de Zug en Suiza, acusando al suscrito, cuatro colegas y a la sociedad Nestlé S.A. por el homicidio por negligencia...de Luciano Romero...Nestlé no tiene ningún tipo de responsabilidad, directa ni indirecta, ni por acción ni por omisión, en el homicidio de Luciano Romero.

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16 March 2012

[PDF] [Letter to Sinaltrainal from Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe]

Author: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé

We were extremely surprised to learn about the criminal complaint filed by Sinaltrainal and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) before the State Attorney of the Zug Canton in Switzerland, accusing the undersigned, four colleagues and Nestlé S.A. of murdering Luciano Romero by negligence...Nestlé has absolutely no responsibility whatsoever, directly or indirectly, neither by action nor omission, for the murder of Luciano Romero.

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Author: AWP/ATS [Suisse]

Nestlé fait l`objet d`une plainte en Suisse pour des faits qui ont eu lieu en Colombie il y a six ans et demi. Une organisation de défense des droits humains et un syndicat l`accusent d`être coresponsable, par négligence, du meurtre d`un ancien employé...[L]`entreprise a réagi en affirmant condamner toute forme de violence et en rejetant catégoriquement ces accusations. Elle souligne que lorsque cet homme a été tué, cela faisait trois ans qu`il avait cessé de travailler chez Cicolac. La situation en Colombie était extrêmement dangereuse et la violence sévissait dans tout le pays, rappelle Nestlé. "Malheureusement, des leaders syndicaux étaient menacés, enlevés et assassinés, de même que des membres de nos équipes de management locales ainsi que d`autres employés et leurs proches."

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7 March 2012

[DOC] Nestlé response re suit alleging its complicity in murder of Colombian trade unionist

Author: Nestlé

We condemn any form of violence and reject any accusations that attempt to link Nestlé to violent acts. We categorically reject the allegations of the plaintiffs and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and will mount a vigorous defence. The Sinaltrainal trade union has accused Nestlé of complicity in the murder of union officials in Colombia several times in the past but has never produced any evidence to support its claims. It has failed to win its legal actions against the company in courts in Colombia, in the USA and at the International Labour Organisation.

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6 March 2012

Murder of a union member- a complaint against Nestlé

Author: Basler Zeitung [Switzerland]

[Unofficial translation from the German original by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] [H]uman rights advocates accuse the food group of being complicit in the violent death of a trade unionist in Colombia. A Berlin-based legal group has filed a criminal complaint with the Prosecutor against...Nestlé...and several of its managers...They are accused of being responsible for the murder of a Colombian trade unionist. The move to hold Nestlé accountable comes approximately six and a half years after the murder of trade unionist Luciano Romero by paramilitaries in Valledupar, northeastern Colombia...In the complaint the suspects are accused of having caused the death of the trade unionist by failing to take protective steps...Nestle denies all allegations in connection with the murder of Romero and will "vigorously defend its self," the company said. SINALTRAINAL and ECCHR have no evidence to support the allegations.

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