Shell and the Ogoni 9

3 June 2009

Professor David Kinley writes on the trial of Royal Dutch Shell for its part in the torture, prosecution and execution by the Nigerian authorities in 1995 of the Ogoni 9 for Unleashed.

"The Ogoni are an indigenous people of the Niger Delta where Shell has been drilling for oil since 1958.

"For years, they had been protesting over the environmental degradation of their lands by the oil giant.

"The health problems and losses of livelihood associated with the extensive seepage and dumping of oil residue, and the toxicity of the 'poison fire' air pollution caused by the appalling practice of burning off massive quantities of unwanted gas by-products 24/7, have been well documented.

"These facts were embarrassing for both Shell and the government."

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