[Debate] (Fwd) Shell case: out of court settlement?
owukori at gmail.com
Wed May 27 07:34:39 BST 2009
Surely what the plaintiffs want is to expose Shell. I seriously question
any form of settlement at this time which will not only mean we never find
the truth but will also impact negatively on any other communities or
individuals who wish to take one of the other oil companies to court. I
just hope this is rumour and not true.
On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 5:04 AM, Patrick Bond <pbond at mail.ngo.za> wrote:
> Ken Saro-Wiwa's death: Trial against Shell postponed again, Shell
> might be gunning for settlement
> Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:11 Saharareporters, New York
> New York, May 26th, 2009 – Opening arguments in the landmark human
> rights lawsuits Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) and Wiwa v.
> Anderson were called off at the last moment, in a signal that
> negotiations may be underway for a settlement in the historic case.
> The case was previously scheduled to begin tomorrow, May 27, 2009 in the
> Southern District of New York.
> The suits, first filed in 1996, were brought on behalf of relatives of
> murdered Nigerian/ Ogoni activists by the Center for Constitutional
> Rights and EarthRights International and other human rights lawyers.
> According to the plaintiffs, Royal Dutch Shell was complicit in the
> swift conviction and execution by hanging on Nov. 10, 1995 of Ken
> Saro-Wiwa and other leaders opposed to human rights and environmental
> abuses in the Niger Delta linked to Shell. The case also include claims
> for the torture, detention, and forced exile of Mr. Saro-Wiwa’s brother,
> Dr. Owens Wiwa, and Michael Tema Vizor; and the shooting of Karololo
> Kogbara and Uebari N-nah in two earlier attacks by Nigerian military.
> Sources told Saharareporters that Shell, fearing massive negative
> publicity that would attend the trial, is seriously exploring an
> out-of-court settlement. It is unclear at presstime who requested the
> postponement of today's trial.
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