Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ex-Chiquita Execs Won't Face Bribe Charges

Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post Staff Writer: The Justice Department notified Chiquita Brands International yesterday that it will not seek to criminally charge its former top executive and other former high-ranking officers over the company's payment of bribes to a Colombian organization on the State Department's list of terrorist groups.

The multibillion-dollar banana company pleaded guilty earlier this year to making $1.7 million in illegal payments to a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group from 1997 to 2004. Until now, three of its officers were under investigation for authorizing and approving the payments to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, known as AUC, after federal prosecutors warned them in April 2003 that such bribes violated the nation's anti-terrorism laws. (More)

LSB: How large was their contribution to the RNC? Gonzo's DoJ was sale apparently.

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