This scandal comes at a difficult time for Shell. Only today, a range of environmental NGOs argue that the oil company’s plan to decommission offshore platforms in the North may break international law.
Within this blog we have seen instances of corruption in the extractive industries in Western Africa before. The publication of emails discussing bribes in a thinly-veiled language is also reminiscent of the exposé of Unaoil’s alleged bribery with Middle Eastern countries.
Bribery has been a notoriously difficult practice to prove for prosecuting authorities, as deals are rarely documented and evidence scarce. But the habits of international companies – addicted to email as they are – allows whistle-blowers to potentially access and publish large caches of damning data. If these emails prove genuine, Shell may find itself subject to sizeable fines.
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