Diane Wilson and Warren Anderson are both fugitives. Fisherwoman Diane Wilson has been charged with criminal trespass for hanging a banner at a Dow Chemical/Union Carbide facility that said “Dow – Responsible for Bhopal”. She received a six month jail sentence for that, which she is due to serve.
Warren Anderson was the CEO of Union Carbide back in 1984 when the Carbide plant in India spewed toxic gases into the surrounding community and killed more than 20,000 people. He visited Bhopal shortly after the incident, and agreed to return for any legal proceedings. After leaving, he was charged, along with Union Carbide, with manslaughter for those thousands of deaths. However, Anderson and Carbide have refused to return to India to face trial. In the eyes of the Indian courts, they are fugitives from the law.
Wilson has pulled a similar maneuver to Anderson’s. For now, she has refused to return to Texas to serve her sentence. Instead, on November 15 she began a search for Warren Anderson – to discuss their common fate, and to “try to talk some sense into him.”
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Diane Wilson autobiography: An Unreasonable Woman, Chelsea Green Press, 2005.
• Video interview with Diane Wilson
• Documentary on Bhopal – Twenty Years without Justice