Shell settles Nigerian killings lawsuit

June 10, 2009

AlJazeera, June 9, 2009

Royal Dutch Shell has been accused of supporting the execution and torture of protesters opposed to its operations in Nigeria during the 1990s.

As a lawsuit against the company over the issue was due to go to trial in New York, the oil company agreed to settle out of court, paying $15.5m to the families of executed activists. 

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reports.

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Shell in court over alleged Nigeria crimes

June 3, 2009

AlJazeera, June 2, 2009

Royal Dutch Shell is to go on trial in a US court over alleged crimes against humanity and exploitation of the oil-rich Niger Delta more than 10 years ago.

The Dutch oil giant is accused of sponsoring a terror campaign by Nigerian security forces that led to the death of activist and author Ken Saro-Wiwa along with eight others in 1995.

Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports.