Oil Giants May Face Trial Over Alleged $1 Billion Nigerian Bribe

Shell and Eni are waiting to learn whether an Italian judge will accept a request for the two companies to face trial for alleged corruption over the purchase of Nigeria's richest oil field in 2011. For years, Shell had strenuously denied that it knew anything about the involvement of convicted money launderer and former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete in its purchase of the rights. But last week, the British environmentalist and anti-corruption organization, Global Witness, published confidential emails written by a Shell employee...



For years, Shell had strenuously denied that it knew anything about the involvement of convicted money launderer and former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete in its purchase of the rights to one of Nigeria's biggest oil fields. But last week, the British environmentalist and anti-corruption organization, Global Witness, published confidential emails written by a Shell employee. This correspondence, which went right to the top of the Shell management hierarchy, proves that there was a direct link to the convicted Nigerian.

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