Between 1997 and 2004, chiquita paid $17 million to auc, a fact they don't dispute they were hit with a $25 million fine for this payment, although the company maintains they were extorted for the funds colombian residents, however, believe chiquita paid a banana bribe to the paramilitary group so. Well before their deaths in the 1990s, chiquita had established about 35 banana farms in the uraba region of colombia that employed about 3,000 people it was well known that farc was active in the area and routinely used extortion and threats to obtain payments from people and businesses — a. In the face of extortion, chiquita had to decide between several unappealing options: pay terrorists the extortion refuse to pay them and possibly suffer attacks on employees and facilities stop operations temporarily or sell operations, most likely at a loss while making payments may seem like the lesser. The us government designated the farc as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997 chiquita argued in court papers that it was the victim of extortion by the farc and other groups the company pleaded guilty in 2007 to engaging in transactions with a different colombian designated terror group and. Chiquita's colombia-based staff questioned the company's payments to illegal armed groups, and asked whether chiquita had gone beyond extortion and was directly funding the activities of leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups , even while top company executives became “comfortable” with the ideathis is. March 2000 notes of chiquita senior counsel robert thomas indicate awareness that payments were for security services subsidiaries did, in fact, get something in return for their investment – extorted or otherwise – in colombia's illegal armed groups, and contrary to the conclusions of a 2007 plea deal.
Lefties have protested against chiquita banana for so long that most activists probably forget why they are supposed to hate the company the company does have a spotty history, especially when it was united fruit for decades after the turn of the 20th century, us military interventions in latin america. Jason glaser: eric holder's defence of chiquita suggests he is a poor choice to be the next us attorney general. These were extortion payments made to protect the lives of chiquita's employees ” amusingly, given the supreme court's citizens united decision that said corporations are persons, chiquita also tried to argue that it couldn't be prosecuted under the torture victim protection act because that statute refers. Chiquita had characterized the payments as extortion these documents are among thousands that chiquita turned over to the us justice department as part of a sentencing deal in which the company admitted to years of illegal payments to the paramilitary united self-defense forces of colombia.
The company was fined $25 million, and pleaded guilty to delivering $17 million to the group between 1997 and 2004 as protection payments for chiquita employees the charlotte, north carolina-based company says it was extorted by the paramilitary group the auc emerged in colombia in the early. Fernando aguirre, then ceo of chiquita, classified the payments as extortion he claimed that the company was paying for the safety of its employees in a chaotic and war-torn environment in fact, it was integral to the plea agreement that chiquita should claim that the company never directly paid for.
Chiquita's own legal counsel had warned, for instance, that any indirect benefits received from the payments, regardless of intent or knowledge, would be enough to expose the company to criminal liability and that any extortion exemption would be nullified by the repeated nature of the transactions. A lawyer says chiquita brands international has blood on their hands for paying money to colombian paramilitaries but the company's ceo argues the payments were made due to extortion category news & politics license standard youtube license show more show less loading autoplay. Extortion or services during the case against the multinational over its payments to the auc, current us attorney general eric holder was one of the company's lawyers he and the legal team were able to negotiate a deal in which chiquita admitted to funding a terrorist organization and paid a $25. Chiquita continues to dispute the nature of its dealings with the auc (including in a previous email correspondence with me) its representatives insist that auc was extorting payments from the company but, beyond dispute, the paramilitary atrocities did further the company's interests according to the.
The leftist guerrillas in urabá kidnapped and extorted banana-growers, transportation companies, and shopkeepers in order to finance their war against the colombian state[xvi] meet pedro bonito in the face of unmitigated violence, chiquita was desperate to regain control of its banana production and. In the ata case before judge marra, chiquita's extortion defense translated into legal arguments in a motion for summary judgment that, as a matter of law, the company cannot be held responsible because it did not intend its payments to farc to facilitate acts of terrorism and because there's not a clear.
It was almost 30 years ago that a farm manager at chiquita's colombian subsidiary banadex in urabá was approached by a guerilla from the revolutionary armed forces of colombia (farc) demanding a us$10,000 extortion payment that threat moved up the chain of command, the payment was. For example, in 2008 chiquita corporation revealed to the united states justice department it paid extortion fees to terrorist organizations in columbia to protect their business interests and ultimately to ensure the safety of their employees when faced with extortion, chiquita had the options to pay the extortion, stop or sell. The subsidiary was sold off later that year having acknowledged payments to terrorists—though they claim to be extorted—chiquita's interests conflict with those of 9/11 victims' families the justice against sponsors of terrorism act was conceived after a group of 9/11 victims' families ran into a number of. Just as importantly, these documents show that the us justice department was aware of this fact when it accepted a plea bargain from chiquita in which it pleaded guilty to paying these groups a total of over $17 million and running them 3000 guns as “protection” from “extortion” in return for this plea to.