Chiquita Brands Intl. : Corporate Sponsor of Terrorism

September 12, 2007 at 10:57 pm 2 comments

 Or: Is that a banana in your pocket,

or do you just want to kill me?

 So Chiquita Brands International is being fined $25 million and put on probation for 5 years by the U.S. Justice Department for supporting terrorists in Columbia (upon approval by U.S. courts).

They are accused of paying in excess of $1.7 million to the AUC (The United Self-Defense Forces of Columbia). In addition to this, they are also charged with making payments to FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia) and ELN (National Liberation Army) over a period of time stretching from 1989-1997. 

Charges filed in the case claim that senior company executives knew about the payments. From the CNN story:

“In a written statement issued in March, Chiquita Brands International CEO Fernando Aguirre said the company viewed the plea agreement “as a reasoned solution to the dilemma the company faced several years ago.”

How is it that Fernando Aguirre and his co-horts are avoiding prison time? We have people at Guantanomo Bay held for years without charges for associating with the wrong people at the wrong time, and slime bags like this can pay millions to known terrorists (designated as terrorists by the U.S. government, I might add) and tra-la-la home?

Chiquita: $25M fine for terror payments

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joe  |  September 20, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Have they got off scot-free because they used Olie North as go-between ?

    **sluggabohn says: They didn’t quite get off scott-free, but relatively speaking you are right. Ollie North in the dark world of banana terrorism finances? First I’ve heard of it (but I would’nt discount it out of hand).**

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  • 2. Chris  |  March 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Because Aquirre didn’t start there until 2004, after all the payments were made and the subsidiaries were sold. Fernando had nothing to do with it..

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