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I Coast 'toxic deaths a myth'

Lawyers for a firm charged with dumping possibly deadly waste in the Ivory Coast in 2006 argued on Thursday that the case against it was based on a "myth", spread by greens, politicians and the media. The Ivorian government says 17 people died after caustic soda and petroleum residues were shipped away from the Port of Amsterdam and redirected to Abidjan, where they were dumped on city waste tips. Multinational Trafigura, whose chartered ship…dumped the waste in Ivory Coast, is charged with breaking Dutch environment and waste export laws and faces a €2m fine at its trial in the Netherlands. The company…denies any link between the waste and casualties.

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