"Chiquita had a choice whether to deal with the terrorists or not. If they felt they had to deal with the terrorists or not be in Colombia at all, they could have chosen not to be in Colombia," Julin said. "They chose to work with these terrorists."
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Other news coverage includes:
All Chiquita lawsuits in Colombia slayings shift to West Palm | Claims that Chiquita Brands International is responsible for the murders of hundreds of Colombian residents and a group of American missionaries working in the war-torn country are to play out in a West Palm Beach courtroom (Palm Beach Post, Apr. 29)
Families Sue Chiquita in Deaths of 5 Men (The New York Times, Mar. 17, also in International Herald Tribune)
Chiquita Faces Wrongful Death Suits for Payments to Terror Group (Dan Slater, WSJ Law Blog, Mar. 12)
Chiquita sued by relatives of five slain missionaries (The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 12)
Earlier Christianity Today articles on NTM, Colombia missionaries, and payments to terrorist organizations include:
Did Martin Die Needlessly? | Gracia Burnham believes her husband would be alive today if someone had paid the proper ransombut mission agencies wonder how many other missionaries would have been kidnapped as a result. (June 2003)
Missions Evaluate New U.S. Kidnapping Policy | Does Washington understand the reason for no-ransom positions? (May 1, 2002)
Why the FARC Hates Evangelicals | The terrorist group has many misconceptions about Colombian Christians. (February 2004)
Missionaries Defy Terrorist Threat in Colombia | U.S. Embassy says North Americans are guerrilla targets (May 21, 2002)
Missionaries May Be Target Of FARC Guerrillas | U.S. embassy in Colombia issues warning to missionaries and churches. (March 2002)
New Tribes Missionaries Kidnapped in 1993 Declared Dead | Mission concludes Colombian guerrillas shot the three men in 1996 (Sept. 2001)
Colombian Guerilla Offers No Clues to Missionaries' Fate | FBI says that Medina has no information on kidnapped New Tribes missionaries. (Feb. 23, 2001)
Break in Missionary Kidnapping Case | Captured Colombian guerilla may hold key to U.S. missionaries' fate. (Dec. 4, 2000)
Plan for Peace in Colombia Is a Plan 'For Death,' Say Church Activists | Will U.S. military assistance in destroying coca fields only increase violence? (Aug. 15, 2000)
Death in the Night | Colombia's pastors endure extortion, kidnappings, and threats as they plant churches and help the poor in a war zone. (June 6, 2000)
Fate of Kidnapped Missionaries Still Unresolved | Colombia remains thought to end questions are not human after all. (Mar. 29, 2000)
Twenty-five Pastors Killed This Year (Oct. 4, 1999)
Christians Held As Hostages (July 12, 1999)
Colombia's Bleeding Church | Despite the murders of 120 church leaders, Christians are fighting for peace in one of the world's most violent nations. (May 18, 1998)
Today's Christian, a Christianity Today sister publication, noted the 10-year anniversary of the Colombian kidnappings.