Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Shell pays out $10m over execution of Oil activist

Undercurrents have reported on the murder of Shell activist Ken Saro-Wiwa since the early 90s when the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa sparked a global outcry.

Today we hear the great news that Royal Dutch Shell has agreed a $15.5m (£9.7m) out-of-court settlement in a case accusing it of complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria.

The lawsuit alleged that Shell officials helped to supply Nigerian police with weapons during the 1990s.

It claimed that Shell participated in security sweeps in parts of Ogoniland and hired government troops that shot at villagers who protested against a pipeline.

It was also alleged that Shell helped the government capture and hang Ken Saro-Wiwa and several of his colleagues. read more

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