BBC victim of 'elaborate hoax'

Friday, December 03 12:34:55


The BBC has said it was hoaxed over a report claiming that Dow Chemical had admitted responsibility for the Bhopal disaster.

The report also claimed that the company had set up a USD12bn fund to compensate victims who suffered in what was the world's worst industrial accident, which took place 20 years ago today.

The report cited a person named Jude Finisterra falsely claiming to represent the company. "The interview was an elaborate hoax and the information he gave was totally inaccurate," the BBC announced on its News 24 channel.

Dow Chemicals confirmed the story was inacccurate in all respects and that Finisterra was not an employee of the firm.

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23:26 Fri 3 Dec 2004
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