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Italian prosecutor requests Brinded trial over OPL 245

An Italian prosecutor has requested the trial of ex-Shell upstream boss Malcolm Brinded and other former employees of the supermajor over alleged corruption involving the infamous OPL 245 block deal in Nigeria.

Former Shell vice president for commercial Sub-saharan Africa, Peter Robinson, is also among the four men Milan’s Public Prosecutor’s Office has requested be sent to trial over the $1.1 billion deal that saw the oil block handed to Shell and Italian major Eni by a company controlled by then-Nigerian petroleum resources minister Dan Etete.

The other two men against whom the prosecutor has requested a trial are former strategic investment advisor John Copleston and one-time senior business advisor Guy Colegate, both of whom are ex-MI6 officers.

London-based watchdog and community rights group Global Witness (GW) claimed the requests from the prosecutor are tantamount to charges being brought against the four men. Shell is not commenting on the development, highlighted by GW this weekend. FULL ARTICLE

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