The new records reveal, for the first time, the identities of Chiquita executives who oversaw funding of right-wing death squads.

New ‘Chiquita Papers’ Expose How Banana Execs Fueled War and Terror in Colombia for Decades | News | teleSUR English

The new records reveal, for the first time, the identities and roles of Chiquita executives like Robert F. Kistinger, head of Chiquita’s Banana Group based in Cincinnati, Ohio, who both approved and oversaw years of payments to groups such as the now-defunct far-right paramilitary organization the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, better known by its Spanish acronym AUC. The investigation found that Kistinger viewed the payments as a “normal expenditure” and, like the purchase of things such as fertilizers or agrochemicals, saw them as “an ongoing cost” of the company’s business operations. The investigation also identified the exact members of Chiquita’s board of directors, the corporate security team, regional and country operations manager, accountants and internal auditors, attorneys and third-party agents who carried out the payments over the years.

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