Judge`s Recusal Clears Path for Legal Proceedings to Continue

Statement from Amazon Defense Coalition Regarding Judge Recusal from Chevron Trial in Ecuador

Amazon Defense Coalition

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Rania Batrice at +1.510.394.2041 or rania@amazonwatch.org

From Steven Donziger on behalf of the Amazon communities:

"The judge's decision to recuse himself clears the path for the legal proceedings to continue uninterrupted. This appears to have been done by the judge to disrupt Chevron's intention to further delay a litigation that has lasted 16 years. The judge's action once again validates the effective functioning of the Ecuadorian legal system - a system that Chevron chose as the best forum to hear the lawsuit. We again call on competent authorities in Ecuador and the United States to investigate any role Chevron and its officials might have played to script a bribery scheme for purposes of extracting an advantage in a private litigation.

The recusal does not change the overwhelming evidence against Chevron in the underlying case. The evidence in that case demonstrates clearly Chevron's responsibility for wrecking the rainforest, decimating indigenous groups, and putting thousands of Ecuadorian citizens at grave risk.

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