Shell pays $19.5m over Saro-Wiwa case

| 09/06/2009

(ABC News): Oil company Shell has agreed to pay $19.5 million to avoid standing trial over accusations that it was complicit in human rights abuses in Nigeria in the 1990s. The families of nine people executed in 1995 accused Shell of collaborating with the country’s military regime to silence the activists for protesting against the oil company’s environmental practices in the Niger Delta. In 1990, the prominent Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and other activists formed the activist group, aimed at exposing what they said was the environmental damage Shell was causing in the Niger Delta. They were also protesting against alleged abuses against the Ogoni people who lived in the area.

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