Chiquita Brands is responsible for financing the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia according to the United States court

Chiquita Brands is responsible for financing the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia according to the United States court
Chiquita Brands is responsible for financing the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia according to the United States court

Victims of the Chiquita Brands banana case, after almost two decades of legal struggle, found victory in the case in a United States Court, where the juries found the company responsible for financing the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.

The judicial process lasted exactly 17 years. The court found the multinational responsible and according to the victims reported this Monday, June 10, what happened marks a milestone in the fight for the defense of human rights.

One of the victims of the case said after hearing the historic ruling that: “it is a triumph of a process that has been going on for almost 18 years, for all of us who have suffered so much during these years. In this process there is a debate about justice and reparation; We have been fighting since 2007. We are not in this process because we want to; It was Chiquita, with her actions, who got us into it. We have a responsibility to our families and we must fight for them.”

The representatives of the case explain that, although the case is being tried in United States, the Colombian Civil Code applies because it is an American company whose decisions were made in that country.

In a statement Marco Simons, legal director of EarthRights International, a firm that worked hand in hand with the victims, said: “This verdict sends a strong message to companies around the world that profit at the expense of human rights: their actions They will not go unpunished. These families, who suffered the siege of armed groups and corporations, demonstrated their strength and managed to triumph in the judicial system”.

In total there were 9 who participated in the trial, their relatives were murdered by members of the self-defense groups. They represented hundreds of families linked to the lawsuit against the multinational. The court jurors learned their stories on April 24 and today their position on the case was known.

The victims clarify that this first group was represented by EarthRights and that the opening and closing arguments were led by the Florida plaintiffs’ attorney, Jack Scarola. But there are other families who also claim their rights represented by the following law firms: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, Searcy Denney Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, PA, and Conrad & Scherer, LLP.

“We express deep respect and admiration for the victims, who have demonstrated courage and determination in their search for justice. He also extends his gratitude to the legal team and partners who have worked to achieve this historic victory,” EarthRightsy said.

This was the judges’ vote:

 
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