March 13, 2008
Missionary Families Sue Banana Company
Colombian rebels killed five missionaries, aided by Chiquita, families say.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the families of five missionaries are suing Chiquita. The missionaries were killed by Colombian guerrilla fighters. The suit comes after the company paid a $25 million fine when it admitted to paying money to the FARC, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the state department.
The protection money was "motivated to protect the lives of our employees and their families," company spokesman Ed Loyd said. "We are contesting the suits vigorously and believe we have a strong defense."
The missionaries were members of the New Tribes Mission, which has had its own controversy over whether or not to pay money to terrorist groups.