Oil firm fined in toxic waste case

Oil trading company Trafigura was today fined €1m for exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast and hiding the cargo’s dangerous nature when it was unloaded from a ship in Amsterdam.

Prosecutors had asked for a fine of €2m.

Amsterdam District Court judge Frans Bauduin also convicted a Trafigura employee for his role in the 2006 scandal and the Ukranian captain of the Probo Koala ship that carried the waste.

Toxic waste made thousands ill in the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan, in August 2006, although Trafigura insists the waste from the Probo Koala could not have caused serious illness.

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