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NYC trial date for claims against Shell

International Herald Tribune

The Associated Press

Published: October 9, 2008

NEW YORK: A February date has been set for a trial of claims that Royal Dutch Shell PLC was complicit in decisions by Nigeria’s military government to hang oil industry opponents.
Playwright Ken Sara-Wiwa and eight other oil industry opponents were executed in November 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.

Shell was once a major driller in Nigeria’s oil-rich Ogoni region. The lawsuit alleged Shell made payments and provided arms to security forces that it knew was abusive to local communities.

A Shell lawyer said at a hearing Tuesday that the plaintiffs have never identified anyone with personal knowledge of the allegations in the lawsuit.

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