A Dutch legislation agency has requested the general public prosecutor within the Netherlands to file a case in opposition to Royal Dutch Shell, its CEO and former executives of over what it says had been prison actions referring to a 2011 oilfield buy in Nigeria.
The Dutch authorities are already investigating the oilfield deal, alongside Italian prosecutors, who need to take Shell and Italy’s Eni to trial over alleged corruption on the identical oilfield.
Shell and Eni have denied any wrongdoing. Shell stated on Tuesday it didn’t imagine there was any foundation to prosecute the corporate or any present or former worker.
Prakken d‘Oliveira, a legislation agency specializing in human rights circumstances, filed its request in September on behalf of Global Witness and different shoppers, asking the prosecutor to cost Shell, in addition to Chief Executive Ben van Beurden, former CEO Peter Voser and former Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry.
Voser and Henry didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Barbara van Straaten, a lawyer at Prakken d‘Oliveira, stated the request would push the Dutch prosecutor’s workplace to say in the event that they meant to maneuver ahead with prison costs.
Campaign group Global Witness has revealed a number of reviews on the 2011 deal by which Shell and Eni secured the oil prospecting license (OPL) 245.
Global Witness and others say a lot of the $1.three billion in funds for the block didn’t go to the state however as a substitute went to Dan Etete, a former Nigerian oil minister who was convicted of cash laundering in France in 2007, and to Malabu Oil and Gas, a agency that beforehand held the rights.
Shell stated earlier this yr it knew the Nigerian authorities would compensate Malabu utilizing a few of the cash however the transaction was totally authorized.
An Italian decide is predicted to resolve on Dec. 20 whether or not to attempt Eni and Shell for alleged corruption within the deal.
Milan prosecutors have requested for the 2 companies, in addition to some previous and current managers from the businesses, together with Eni’s present CEO Claudio Descalzi, to be indicted.
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A Dutch anti-fraud group raided Shell’s headquarters in The Hague in 2016 as a part of its investigation.
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