BUSINESS
03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chiquita Sued Over Killings Of US Missionaries

U.S.-based Chiquita Brands International Inc has been hit with a lawsuit in federal court in Miami over the killings of five U.S. missionaries by Marxist-led rebels in Colombia in the 1990s.

The lawsuit is the latest legal challenge faced by Chiquita over its operations in Colombia. It acknowledged last year that it had made payments to both left and right-wing militias, contending that the money was aimed at protecting Chiquita employees at a time when kidnappings and murders were frequent in the Andean country's northern banana-growing region.

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