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India will seek extradition of former Union...

India will seek extradition of former Union Carbide Corp. Chairman Warren Anderson in the Bhopal gas case, a government prosecutor said. U.S. Prasad told a Bhopal court that arrest warrants issued in November for Anderson and two other Carbide officials had not been served because of U.S. and Hong Kong legal restrictions. The U.S. Justice Department said an arrest warrant that specified automatic $1,000 bail for Anderson was not covered by U.S. laws on international judicial assistance. A warrant could not be served on Union Carbide Asst. Secretary John Macdonald or on Peter Wintle, a senior official of Union Carbide Eastern, for the same reason, Prasad said. All three have been charged in a criminal suit over the 1984 disaster, in which more than 3,000 people died. Meanwhile, the Indian judge who awarded $270 million in interim compensation to the victims of the Bhopal gas disaster was formally replaced. After an October High Court judgment upholding the contention of Union Carbide Corp. that Judge M. W. Deo had shown bias in making the interim award, the case was handed over to Judge Shamboo Singh.


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