Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists Chiquita Brands International pleads guilty to making payments to a terrorist group. The company agreed to pay a $25 million fine for giving protection money to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, which the U.S. government classified as a terrorist group.
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Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists

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Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists

Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists

Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists

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Chiquita Brands International pleads guilty to making protection payments to a terrorism group in Colombia.

As The Los Angeles Times reporter Josh Meyer tells Robert Siegel, the money went to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, which the U.S. government classified as a terrorist group in 2001.

Lawyers at Chiquita had warned the company about making the payments, which flowed through its Banadex subsidiary. The group had threatened Chiquita's workers in the region.

Chiquita sold Bananex in June 2004, but it continues to purchase Colombian bananas through the company today.

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