Millions of pounds of compensation may not reach the right people
£30 million intended for compensation for victims of toxic waste may be lost due to corruption in the Ivory Coast's regime. It was paid by the company Trafigura in an out-of-court settlement in London and deposited in a bank in Abidjan ready to be shared out between the victims.
It is not a brilliant idea to pay compensation to a bank that cannot be trusted to give it to the people who deserve to receive the money.
Thanks for the comment, Reggie. Freedom of the press and media should surely extend to reporting the wrongdoing of commercial companies.
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