Bhopal Justice Denied. (Behind the Lines)

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Bhopal Justice Denied. (Behind the Lines)


GREENPEACE IN AUGUST CALLED ON THE U.S. STATE Department to arrest and extradite international fugitive Warren Anderson after the group located him at a house in Long Island, New York.

Anderson was the chief executive officer of Union Carbide when an explosion at his company's pesticide plant in Bhopal, India caused the worst industrial disaster in history in December 1984. Up to 8,000 people died within three days of the disaster.

Recently, Greenpeace visited Anderson at his Long Island home and delivered a copy of an Indian arrest warrant.

Anderson has been facing charges of culpable homicide and an extradition request from the Bhopal Court in India for the past 11 years.

The U.S. government has not pursued the case.

"If Greenpeace can track down India's most wanted, why haven't the U.S. authorities extradited him?" asks Casey Harrell, Greenpeace toxics campaigner. "Our government has been swift to react to the financial crimes of Enron and WorldCom. Anderson is charged with the deaths of thousands of Indians. Shouldn't this be a priority?"

Union Carbide responded to the disaster by paying survivors inadequate compensation and abandoning the plant, leaving tons of toxic chemicals strewn around the site. …

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