Shell Defeated in Landmark Court Case – Climate Justice Now!
By Ben Amunwa on June 8, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2009
Damning Evidence Reveals Shell’s Complicity In Crimes Against Humanity;
Landmark Case Resolved in Favor of Ogoni Plaintiffs After 14 Year Legal Battle
New York– After legal battles lasting nearly fourteen years, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has been forced to pay a $15.5 million out-of-court settlement. Plaintiffs from the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta have successfully held Shell accountable for complicity in human rights atrocities committed against the Ogoni people in the 1990s, including the execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. The legal action is one of the few cases brought under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute that have been resolved in favor of the plaintiffs. The settlement includes establishment of a $5 million trust to benefit local communities in Ogoni.