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Shell To Pay N3 Billion For Involvement In The Killing Of Saro-wiwa, Others by zinachidi(m): 1:05pm On Dec 02, 2015
In what is clearly a landmark settlement,
multinational oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, on
Tuesday agreed to pay a settlement of $15.5
Million (N3 billion) over the killing of novelist and
environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight
other Ogoni leaders. Mr. Saro-Wiwa was sentenced to death by hanging
by a military tribunal set up by late dictator, Sani
Abacha, in 2005. Shell agreed to the settlement a day before a
federal court in New York, United States, was about
to rule on a case that Shell collaborated with the
Nigerian government in the execution of the Ogoni
Nine, as the executed community leaders were
referred to in the media.

The payout is one of the largest by a multinational
corporation for a human rights related case, the
Guardian of London said. The settlement marks the end of a 14-year
struggle to hold Shell accountable for its
involvement in the tragic death of the activists. Human rights experts said the scale of the
settlement would have far-reaching effect in
making multinational corporations accountable for
their social and environmental deeds.

The plaintiffs had accused Shell of working with
the Nigerian military in the torture and persecution
of Ogoni people. The company was alleged to have provided the
Nigerian army with vehicles, patrol boats and
ammunition, and to have assisted in the raids and
terror campaigns against villages. The family of the executed men and
representatives of Shell reached the settlement
after three weeks of rigorous negotiations.

However, the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch
Shell, Shell Development Company continues to
dismiss all claims of its culpability in the killing of
the activists and the environmental degradation of
the Niger Delta. Similarly, the Nigerian government is yet to
acknowledge any wrong doing in the killing of the
men, 20 years after they were hanged. In September, the Nigerian customs seized a
memorial bus donated to the Ogoni people for
having "political value".

"This was one of the first cases to charge a
multinational corporation with human rights
violations, and this settlement confirms that
multinational corporations can no longer act with
the impunity they once enjoyed," said Jennie
Green, a lawyer with the Centre for Constitutional Rights who initiated the lawsuit in 1996. Shell says it agreed to pay the settlement in
recognition of the tragedy caused by its
involvement in Ogoniland. "While we were prepared to go to court to clear
our name, we believe the right way forward is to
focus on the future for Ogoni people," Malcolm
Brinded, a Shell director, said.

The plaintiffs agreed to set aside $5 million for the
creation of an education trust in the Niger Delta
called Kiisi , which means progress in Gokana, the
language of the Ogoni people. Proponent of the action said Shell agreed to pay
the settlement because it feared that the evidence
that would be presented during trial would be
damaging to its business interests. "[Shell] knew the case was overwhelming against
them, so they bought their way out of a trial,"
Stephen Kretzmann, director of Oil Change
International told the Guardian.



Re: Shell To Pay N3 Billion For Involvement In The Killing Of Saro-wiwa, Others by frankay430(m): 1:07pm On Dec 02, 2015
Re: Shell To Pay N3 Billion For Involvement In The Killing Of Saro-wiwa, Others by Nobody: 1:11pm On Dec 02, 2015
stale news.

From the link:
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Re: Shell To Pay N3 Billion For Involvement In The Killing Of Saro-wiwa, Others by Opinedecandid(m): 1:15pm On Dec 02, 2015
Then the military head of State whose kangaroo tribunal convicted them will pay how much?

Assuming, he had already been forced by karma to pay with his life, then all his loots should be recovered and the Federal Govt. be made to pay at least half of the amount Shell is going to pay to those guys families as well.

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