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24 Jul 2001


LAGOS: Hanged writer's son demands compensation

The son of Nigerian writer Ken Saro Wiwa, who was hanged with eight others by a Nigerian military government, has demanded a state pardon for his father and millions in compensation, state television reported [Nigeria]. The nine activists were hanged in November 1995 by dictator Sani Abacha's military junta on charges of instigating the murder of four moderate Ogoni chiefs....Saro Wiwa's organisation, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), campaigned against Shell, arguing that oil exploitation had devastated Ogoniland and left its people in poverty. The company was forced out of Ogoniland in southern Nigeria in 1993, after increasingly violent protests by MOSOP. The families of the Ogoni Nine are suing Shell in a New York Court, accusing the company of recruiting the police and military to attack local villagers and suppress organised opposition.