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Trial over murders of Colombian labor leaders goes to jurors [USA]

A lawyer for families suing [Drummond]…over the murders of three union leaders…asked jurors Wednesday to make the company pay for the killings. Drummond Ltd. helped anti-labor paramilitaries by allowing them safe haven on company property and providing them with gasoline, lawyers said during closing arguments. Company attorney Bill Jeffress denied Drummond had any role in the killings or ties to paramilitaries. “Yes, Drummond is a large company; it is a rich company. But Drummond is not a murderer,” he told jurors. Plaintiff's attorney Rusty Johnson asked for an unspecified amount of money to compensate the victims' relatives and to punish Drummond.

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