Written by John DeSio on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts.

When you buy bananas, the terrorists win.

That’s the lesson learned today after the Department of Justice accepted a guilty plea from the Chiquita corporation after the company made payments to a right-wing terrorist organization based in Colombia. The company will also face a whopping $25 million fine.

Chiquita did cooperate with the investigation, which saw the company transfer funds to the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, which was placed on the United States’ terrorist watch list on, surprisingly enough, September 10, 2001.

"Like any criminal
enterprise, a terrorist organization needs a funding stream to support its
operations. For several years, the AUC terrorist group found one in the
payments they demanded from Chiquita Brands International. Thanks to
Chiquita’s cooperation and this prosecution, that funding stream is now dry and
corporations are on notice that they cannot make protection payments to
terrorists," said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth L. Wainstein.

More here. And more on the fellows they were funding here.