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Colombia opens probe into Chiquita militia links

Colombian prosecutors said on Tuesday they opened a criminal probe of…Chiquita Brands International for payments it made to right-wing militias branded as terrorists by Washington. In March, Chiquita agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle a complaint with the U.S Justice Department, which accused the company of paying paramilitary groups more than $1.7 million from 1997 to 2004. Colombia says it may seek the extradition of Chiquita officials involved in making the payments…. Chiquita...said in a statement it had not been notified of the probe.