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Thursday, 29 June 2017
Ogoni widows sue Shell over military crackdown
of four men executed by Nigeria's military regime in 1995 are suing
oil giant Shell for alleged complicity in a military crackdown.
civil case, filed in The Hague in the Netherlands, argues that the
company provided support to the army, which ultimately led to the
has repeatedly denied the claims.
Saro-Wiwa was the best known of the nine men executed. He led
protests against the environmental damage caused by oil production in
the Niger Delta.
latest case against Royal Dutch Shell has been filed by four of the
wives of the men - political activists known as the Ogoni nine - and
is supported by Amnesty International.
women are seeking an apology and unspecified compensation
response Shell - the largest oil producer in Nigeria - said that it
"did not collude with the authorities to suppress community
unrest and in no way encouraged or advocated any act of violence in
executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his fellow Ogonis in 1995 were tragic
events that were carried out by the military government in power at
the time. We were shocked and saddened when we heard the news of the
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited appealed to
the Nigerian government to grant clemency. To our deep regret, that
appeal, and the appeals made by many others within and outside
Nigeria, went unheard.
hanging of the men provoked an international outcry, and remains one
of the most sensitive cases in Nigeria.
oil giant has faced lawsuits in various countries relating to the