Chevron is enemy of Ecuador: Correa
QUITO, Pichincha (AFP) - Ecuador's firebrand leftist President Rafael Correa lambasted US oil giant Chevron as an enemy for allegedly besmirching his country as part of a lengthy court battle over Amazon pollution.
Last year an Ecuadoran court ordered Chevron to pay US$19 billion (S$24.1 billion) for polluting the rain forest.
The case is still alive and Mr Correa says the company has spent US$400 million and hired an army of hundreds of lawyers to discredit the government and get the ruling overturned on appeal in the country's highest court.
In a weekly address on Saturday, Mr Correa referred to Chevron as "that enemy of our country." "We are going to tell Latin America what Chevron has done in our country to shirk its responsibility, with that criminal campaign that is waging against Ecuador," Mr Correa said.