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4 Apr 2009

Author:
Matthew Green & Michael Peel, Financial Times

Shell faces Saro-Wiwa death claim

The death of Ken Saro-Wiwa…will return to haunt Royal Dutch Shell this month when a potentially groundbreaking court case opens in the US alleging the company was complicit in his execution. Lawyers are hoping to hold Shell to account for sponsoring what they describe as a campaign of terror by Nigeria's security forces in Ogoni in the Niger Delta that culminated in Saro-Wiwa's hanging in 1995. The case is a key test of whether multinationals based in the US or operating there can be successfully sued for damages over their operations abroad. Proceedings are due to open at a New York court on April 27…Shell says the allegations contained in the case are false and that the company appealed for clemency for Saro-Wiwa.

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Shell faces Saro-Wiwa death claim

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