Chiquita in 2007 pleaded guilty to making over $1.7 million in payments to the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during a news conference with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017. photo: AP/Susan Walsh, photo: AP/Susan Walsh
18 of May 2017 17:59:29
BOGOTÁ – Human rights groups in Colombia are calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate executives from Chiquita Brands for alleged complicity in crimes against humanity as a result of payments made to paramilitary groups more than a decade ago.Chiquita in 2007 pleaded guilty in a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department to making over $1.7 million in payments to the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) and paid a $25 million fine.But activists now want to hold accountable those who authorized the payments to the U.S.-designated terrorist group. Declassified documents obtained recently by the National Security Archive through a freedom of information request for the first time name 14 Chiquita executives involved in the scandal.