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Dole urges swift end of case in Los Angeles to protect witnesses in Nicaragua

Friday, June 11, 2010

Lawyers for Dole Foods urged a judge in Los Angeles to quickly conclude hearings in a case involving purported banana workers in Nicaragua to protect those who blew the whistle on an alleged multimillion dollar fraud.

In documents filed with Judge Victoria Chaney, the lawyers said a manhunt was being conducted in Nicaragua for the so-called John Doe witnesses, who were being threatened with reprisals unless they recanted their testimony.

The lawyers cited purported statements by a Nicaraguan lawyer during a march and news conference.

Original source: Associated Press