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"Tell the Government to extradite Warren
Call, write, email or fax the Ministry of External Affairs in India.Mr. Yashwant Sinha, External Affairs Minister: Tel: +91 11 23011127
Mr. JC Sharma, Secretary of External Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. B A Roy, Joint Secretary of External Affairs. Tel: +91 11 23387104
Ministry Of External Affairs. Fax: 91 (11) 23782821
WHAT TO SAY
Demand that they serve Warren Anderson's extradition papers to the United States government so that, as ordered by the Indian courts, he comes to face trial in India.
In December 2002, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) handed over Warren Anderson's extradition papers to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The MEA, which was supposed to serve the papers to Anderson through the United States government, is dragging its feet. When we made calls to the agency to demand an explanation for the delay, we were told that it is a "sensitive and confidential matter" and that "no information can be released on the file". Interestingly, the NDA Government has acted with remarkable alacrity and openness in the cases involving the extradition of Abu Salem from Portugal and Dawood Ibrahim from Saudi Arabia.
LEGAL BASIS FOR EXTRADITION
On 28 August 2002, an Indian court affirmed a criminal charge of "culpable homicide" under Section 304 Part II of the Indian Penal Code, against Warren Anderson for the deaths of over 8000 persons in 1984 following a poisonous gas leak from Union Carbide's pesticide factory in Bhopal. The court directed the prosecuting agency - the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) - to expedite the extradition of Warren Anderson from the United States to face trial in India.
The case was made by the CBI when strong evidence pointed to the fact that in an effort to save money, the US multinational and its then Chairman CEO Anderson, along with several senior executives, had knowingly and willfully allowed the setting up of a pesticide plant with seriously flawed design and inadequate safety systems in the midst of a highly populated residential area.
Warren Anderson has mocked the victims of the tragedy by ignoring each summons and never appearing in the Indian court during the entire duration of the ongoing criminal case, dating back to 1987.
Anderson currently lives a lavish lifestyle in Bridgehampton, New York while the children, women and men exposed to his company's toxins languish in disease and poverty.
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FAX #: 91-11-23782821
Sub: Implementation of
August 28, 2002 order of Indian court's affirmation of criminal charges
of "culpable homicide" against Warren Anderson,
This is in reference to the August 28 ruling of the Bhopal Judicial Magistrate's Court that upheld the criminal charge of culpable homicide against Warren Anderson.
As you must be aware, no persons have yet been held to account for the deaths of more than 20,000 Indian citizens in Bhopal. Meanwhile, the people of Bhopal still suffer terrible chronic illnesses due to the poison gases that were released from the Union Carbide factory eighteen years ago, and from having to drink water that is still being poisoned by chemicals from the site that Carbide never cleaned up.
Justice has been denied to the gas victims of Bhopal for long enough. By ignoring the summons of the Indian courts, and thereby demonstrating contempt for due process and the rule of law, Warren Anderson has dragged out and prolonged their suffering by 11 years. We believe that, by enacting the order of the Bhopal Court through the US-India Extradition Treaty, the Ministry of External affairs can finally do justice by the people of Bhopal.
The Bhopal court decision is justice long overdue. We therefore request that the Ministry of External Affairs do what is necessary to bring the prime accused "Warren Anderson" back to India to face trial without delay. We hardly need say that any delay in this action would represent a gross negligence towards the gas-affected victims of Bhopal.
We appeal to you to immediately implement the order of the Bhopal Court, and make sufficient arrangements to bring Anderson back to India to face trial in Bhopal.