COTE D'IVOIRE: Toxic waste criminal investigations may indict higher-ups

Saturday, November 22, 2008
DAKAR Thursday, October 02, 2008 (IRIN) - Ivorian government lawyers have said they may pursue criminal investigations against the Netherlands-based oil trader Trafigura, which owned the oil waste dumped in open-air sites in Abidjan in 2006. Ivorian health officials, an independent investigation panel, and European lawyers have said the poisonous sludge led to more than one dozen deaths and tens of thousands of people to fall ill in Abidjan. Trafigura settled a civil case with the government in...