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Vol 49 No 20

Published 3rd October 2008


Côte d'Ivoire

Spreading toxicity

A new round of legal action against local and foreign companies accused of dumping toxic waste in Côte d'Ivoire which killed 16 people in 2006 could have serious political and commercial repercussions (AC Vol 47 No 20). Customs officials and executives of the local company Tommy, which dumped the toxic 'slops' in Abidjan's Akouédo suburb, face criminal charges. Many Abidjanais link Tommy to President Laurent Gbagbo's government, although it blames the then Prime Minister, Charles Konan Banny, for the environmental crisis.

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