NPR logo

Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/8997425/8997426" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists

Business

Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists

Chiquita Admits to Making Payments to Terrorists

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/8997425/8997426" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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.

Related NPR Stories

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.