Colombian takes BP to court in UK over charged complicity in hijack and torment A Colombian exchange union pioneer is starting an exceptional case for harms against BP. Gilberto Torres, 52, was snatched in February 2002 while driving home from an oil-pumping station in Casanare, eastern Colombia, and was discharged following 42 days, when laborers undermined a national oil strike.
The case, which starts on Friday, will put a focus on one of the murkiest periods in Colombia's history, and the part of huge business in it. His legal counselors say that it is the first run through a union pioneer has possessed the capacity to cabin a case for human rights ill-uses against a multinational oil organization in the high court. They accept his case could make ready for scores more comparable activities. Torres recounts his story without precedent for a Guardian online narrative. The UN gauges that 3,000 union activists were killed and 6,000 more vanished in the Casanare area in the most recent 30 years.
The focusing on them by expert government paramilitaries went to a great extent unnoticed outside Colombia due to the common war boiling over between the Colombian government and , the guerrilla bunch. Torres was snatched at gunpoint soon after he composed a strike in a challenge over the homicide of another union pioneer. He tells the Guardian how he looked at his captors, who later guaranteed they were paid to ensure the pipeline by the oil organizations, scrutinized a suspected rebel.
The organization had neglected to make a move to stop paramilitary action. " Ace government paramilitaries who were declared guilty Bogotá for abducting Torres guaranteed that Ocensa had paid for the homicide. Additionally, its courses of action over the pipeline, BP had a 15.2% stake in . Their conformation is heard in the Guardian narrative surprisingly outside Colombia. , said it "didn't commit, request or pay for Gilberto Torres' seizing". BP is one of the fossil fuel organizations that the Guardian is approaching two of the world's two biggest foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Welcome Trust, to strip from through its Keep it in the Ground crusade.