Video disputed in Chevron lawsuit

Oil company admits meeting man who derailed Ecuadorean pollution case.

    A high-stakes legal battle between the world's second-largest oil company and residents of Ecuador's Amazon region is heating up.

    Lawyers for the local people, who say their lives have been ruined by Chevron, are making new claims about secret videos that have put the trial on hold.

    Those videos show the Ecuadorean judge overseeing the $27bn lawsuit in an apparently compromising meeting with businessmen.

    Chevron, which leaked the tapes in August to claim that the trial was unsound, has now admitted that its lawyers met with one of the businessmen at the time the recordings were made. Chevron had previously denied any knowledge of the meetings.

    Ecuador's government has insisted that the tapes were doctored to try to discredit the trial and give Chevron more time to work on its own legal strategy to avert paying damages.

    Lucia Newman, Al Jazeera's Latin America editor, reports from Ecuador on the case, and Karen Hinton, a spokesperson for the plaintiffs, talks about the recent developments in the lawsuit.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.