Hasbún initiated a deal between Chiquita and the AUC. The deal entailed the banana company would sponsor the paramilitaries. In reward, the paramilitaries would keep the area of Urabá, where Chiquita grew bananas, safe.Chiquita paid the AUC US$ 1.7 million between 1997 and 2004. The AUC committed at least hundreds of crimes against humanity in Urabá during that period, included murder and extortion.A U.S. judge ordered Chiquita to pay a US$ 25 million fine, after they were found guilty of crimes against humanity last year. Executives of Chiquita, responsible for the deal, were never criminally prosecuted.
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