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 have 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. Proceedings in this case have meanwhile been filed with the District 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.
The Court will pass judgment in this case. However, at this point it is not yet clear when this will be.
In 2016 De Volkskrant, De Telegraaf and Trouw reported on the case, which was also highlighted on TV by BNR and EenVandaag. In 2016 de Volkskrant published an interview with Bojan Dekker, among others.