Dutch court proceedings about damage to health caused by Probo Koala toxic waste dump
In January 2016, Beer advocaten issued a summons on behalf of the Dutch Foundation Stichting Victimes des Déchets Toxiques Côte d’Ivoire. The Foundation has argued that oil trader Trafigura acted unlawfully towards those who sustained (health) damage after coming into contact with toxic waste. The waste was exported to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from Amsterdam in 2006 on the Probo Koala – a ship chartered by Trafigura – and dumped at various locations in and around the city. This matter is handled by the Court of Amsterdam.
The hearing was held before the Court of Amsterdam on 27 September 2017, with Trafigura and the Foundation (represented by Beer advocaten) entering an appearance. At the hearing the Foundation explained why the Court should declare Trafigura liable. Trafigura stated at the hearing that it did not want to enter into a settlement with the victims.
In 2016 De Volkskrant, De Telegraaf and Trouw reported on the case, which was also highlighted on TV by BNR and EenVandaag (in Dutch). In 2016 de Volkskrant published an interview with Bojan Dekker, among others.
On 18 April 2018 the District Court of Amsterdam ruled that the proceedings launched by Stichting Victimes des déchets toxiques Côte d’Ivoire ('the Foundation') against Trafigura on behalf of victims of the dumping of toxic waste by the ship Probo Koala in Côte d’Ivoire in 2006 will not proceed for procedural reasons. The judgment dated 18 April 2018 (in Dutch) of the Court can be found here.
Read more about the Foundation at http://www.victimesciv.com/ (in Dutch).