• Government refuses to investigate commodities giant Trafigura
• Authorities lack tools and resources to take action
• New laws and better resources needed to tackle corporate crime
In a startling admission UK authorities have informed Amnesty International that they do not have the tools, resources or expertise to investigate whether the multinational commodities giant Trafigura conspired to dump toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire.
The statement came after Amnesty International presented a legal brief and 5,000 page dossier to UK authorities containing a raft of evidence that Trafigura’s London-based staff may have intentionally orchestrated the dumping of the waste in Côte d’Ivoire’s capital Abidjan in August 2006.
After the dumping more than 100,000 people sought medical attention. Côte d’Ivoire authorities reported at least 15 deaths.
“The fact that the UK authorities do not have the tools, expertise or resources to investigate the case is truly shocking. This is tantamount to giving multinational companies carte