Nestlé lawsuit (re Colombia)
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On 5 March 2012, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and Colombian trade union Sinaltrainal filed a criminal complaint against Nestlé and its senior management with the public prosecutor in Zug, Switzerland. The complaint alleged that Nestlé was complicit in the murder of trade unionist Luciano Romero, a former employee of Nestlé’s Colombian subsidiary, Cicolac, for failing to take precautionary measures to prevent the murder. Romero was murdered in Colombia by paramilitaries in 2005. The complaint claimed that Romero began receiving death threats after Cicolac falsely branded him a guerilla fighter. Nestlé denied these allegations.
The public prosecutor assessed the complaint to determine whether the allegations were actionable under Swiss criminal law. In May 2013 the prosecutor's office dismissed the complaint because it was filed after the expiration of the statute of limitations. The plaintiffs have appealed the dismissal.
- "Swiss prosecutors close Colombian widow's case against Nestle", AFP, 2 May 2013
- “Complaint against Nestlé over Colombian death”, Swissinfo.ch, 6 Mar 2012
- Letter to Colombian Trade Union, 16 Mar 2012
- [DOC] Nestlé response re suit alleging its complicity in murder of Colombian trade unionist, 7 Mar 2012
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights:
- Nestlé Test Case: Charges filed on murder of Colombian Trade Unionist, 6 Mar 2012
- [ES] Caso Nestlé: Querella por Homicidio de un sindicalista colombiano, 6 marzo 2012