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Netherlands: Trafigura guilty of exporting toxic waste

Date: 23 Jul 2010

Chemical waste

Trafigura illegally exported toxic waste from Amsterdam, according to the findings of a Dutch court. The company transported the waste to the Ivory Coast where it injured thousands of local people in 2006.

The company was fined 1m euros, half the amount requested by the prosecution. A Trafigura employee was also convicted for his role in the affair, as well as the Ukrainian captain of the ship, the Probo Koala, which transported the waste.

The company denied any wrongdoing, and has already paid millions to the Ivory Coast government and to people that were sickened by the toxic waste.

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