UK urged to probe toxic waste scandal

2012-09-25 14:36

Abidjan — A new report is calling on British authorities to investigate multinational oil trader Trafigura over a 2006 toxic waste dumping scandal that killed at least 15 people and affected tens of thousands more in Ivory Coast's commercial capital of Abidjan.

The report from Amnesty International and Greenpeace International points to "clear evidence that at least part of the decision-making process on export of the waste from Europe and delivery to Abidjan emanated from London." That, they say, makes prosecutions in Britain feasible.

The two organisations also urge Ivory Coast to review a 2007 decision that gave Trafigura immunity from prosecution in the West African nation, and to probe how compensation from a British out-of-court settlement was allowed to be misappropriated.

Trafigura said the report contained "significant inaccuracies and misrepresentations".