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9 Oct 2008

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

NYC trial date for claims against Shell

Victims of the Nigerian government's violent 1990s-era crackdown on residents of oil-rich lands where Royal Dutch Shell had drilling operations may finally reach their goal to challenge the deaths and injuries in a U.S. court. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set a Feb. 9 date for a trial stemming from two lawsuits accusing Royal Dutch Shell PLC of being complicit in decisions by Nigeria's military government to hang oil industry opponents... Playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa and at least five other oil industry opponents were executed in 1995, after a military tribunal convicted them of murdering four political rivals. Their heirs filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan the next year.

Part of the following timelines

Shell trial in USA to begin in Feb 2009 - accused of complicity in human rights abuses against Ogoni in Nigeria

Shell lawsuit (re executions in Nigeria, Wiwa v Shell, filed in USA)