Tran To Nga (R) in the right
The day was designated by a judge during a court hearing, the fifth ofits kind, in the Crown Court of Evry city in the suburb of Paris onJanuary 7.
The prolonged case is placing the plaintiff at a disadvantage as she issuffering from diseases due to AO/dioxin exposure, such as type2-diabetes, mental breakdown and tumours on body.
It also results in additional court charges and fees incurred by bothsides, whereas the US defendants have strong financial capability.
During the January 7 hearing, defence lawyers made irrational requests,saying that Nga is expected to undergo new medical tests at a designatedclinic.
Previously, they also deliberately provoked an incident about thedocuments’ authenticity and asked for documents proving that Nga used towork at dioxin-sprayed areas, such as working contracts, paycheckreceipts and evidence showing the linkage between herbicides and herdiseases.
Lawyers from the Paris-based William “Bourdon & Forestier” law firmrepresenting Nga still affirmed their determination to follow the case.They argued that the demand for the payroll of those who worked duringwartime 40 – 50 years ago is unrealistic.
Nga, for her part, said the ultimate goal of the case is getting theworld awake to the AO misery and disaster and calling for global effortsto overcome its consequences though peace has been restored for 40years.
In May 2014, Vietnamese-French Tran To Nga, 74, filed a lawsuit against26 US chemical firms for producing chemical toxins sprayed by the USarmy in the war in Vietnam, causing serious consequences for thecommunity, her and her children.
Tran To Nga graduated from a Hanoi university in 1966 and became a warcorrespondent of the Liberation News Agency, now Vietnam News Agency.She worked in some of the most heavily AO/Dioxin affected areas insouthern Vietnam such as Cu Chi, Ben Cat and along the Ho Chi MinhTrail, ultimately experiencing contamination effects herself.
Among her three children, the first child died of heart defects and the second suffers from a blood disease.
In 2009, Nga, who contracted a number of acute diseases, appeared as awitness at the Court of Public Opinion in Paris, France against the USchemical companies.
The complaint and related documents were handed over to the Crown Court of Evry city in the suburb of Paris.
From 1961-1971, US troops sprayed more than 80 million litres ofherbicides – 44 million litres of which were AO, containing nearly 370kilograms of dioxin – over southern Vietnam.
As a result, around 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the toxicchemical. Many of the victims have died, while millions of theirdescendants are living with deformities and diseases as a direct resultof the chemical’s effects.
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