In March last year, a regular contributor to this website using the alias “Outsider” (in fact a well-connected insider) posted the following comment and question on our Shell Blog.
Contrary to what today’s newspaper reports might suggest, Shell wasn’t “dragged” into the long-running OPL 245 scandal – Shell was involved in orchestrating it from the very start.
Since expenditure at this level must have required the approval of the EC it will be interesting to see whether Shell will let us know which members of the EC were responsible for approving the scam.
This is a legitimate question. One that has not been answered.
Malcolm Brinded (above) was one such member of the EC and he has been named by the Italian prosecutors (not by Shell) in relation to the pending corruption trial.
Some of his fellow EC members must have also given approval to the deal.
What did they know and when did they know it?
Will the departing CFO Simon Henry reveal if he had an involvement?
Lots of questions but no answers from Shell thus far.