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Comment on Bill Campbell *article by “Concerned employee” (Confidential contact information supplied)

I share your sentiments wholeheartedly Bill. The company has been caught with its pants down, with senior staff most likely involved in kickbacks. How could this have got through the numerous assurance including Integrity teams, Auditors etc who all form part of the checks and balances to ensure this is easily picked up (particularly in Nigeria). Either the company is full of incompetence, or there has been a blind eye turned to such corruption. I say (a lot of) both. The amounts of money involved is not loose change. I say this problem is endemic in many of the hardship countries we do business in. Shell is dark, corrupt and dirty and I am beginning to question if I am working for a far more sinister company than I originally thought. And this is playing on my mind.

*Stunned and outraged by Shell’s denouncement of Peter Robinson 

RESPONSE FROM BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL

Concerned employee

Thank you for your comments. One of the observable symptoms of a corrupt and unethical organisation or individual is when it or they are critical of others whilst ignoring their own faults. Ben van Beurden may be, by all accounts, a nice man and perhaps the most competent chief executive RDS has had since the reserves crisis, but he exhibits a common failing that of shear hypocrisy. Remember, way back in those heady days of 1999, the first year coincidentally that the Company posted a negative reserves ratio, a younger Ben was one of a few aides de camp, protecting and assisting Phil Watts and masking this information at the time from shareholders, investors et al.

Spending many hours monk like entrenched in his office massaging the numbers, Watts did not make public our inability to legitimately post more reserves annually than the oil we were producing and this continued till it all spewed onto the streets in 2004.

I assume Ben was not stunned and outraged by his bosses behaviour, or his own, at the time. Nor it seems was he stunned and outraged by the behaviour of the despicable Malcolm Brinded both over offshore safety scandals re the operations of the Brent field, the avoidable fatalities and the subsequent cover-up, and later Brinded’s part as the main functionary in the development OPL 245 affair.

I do not know Peter Robinson, have no idea about his character but he was a colleague of van Beurden, he has perhaps a wife and family and it cannot be comfortable having your character so openly destroyed, and this being done in my eyes prematurely.

As far as we are aware no investigation by authorities is underway into Robinson, no charges are pending, for OML 46 no trial is awaited on the issues that have so stunned and outraged van Beurden.

On the other hand, whilst RDS generally wants the world to give it the benefit of the doubt over the OPL 245 affair, is very vocal its protestations of innocence, rightly so because there is a legal process awaited where guilt or innocence will be determined by a court of law, Peter Robinson by comparison is not given the same degree of latitude, not treated to the standards RDS wants to be treated, Robinson is essentially and metaphorically strung up legs jerking from the nearest tree.

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Shell’s retired spy chief Ian Forbes McCredie CMG OBE http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/04/10/shells-retired-spy-chief-ian-forbes-mccredie-cmg-obe/ http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/04/10/shells-retired-spy-chief-ian-forbes-mccredie-cmg-obe/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:05:08 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=96363 Shell’s retired spy chief Ian Forbes McCredie CMG OBE was first posted on April 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm.
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Extract from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally)
(BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT SHELL’S EPIC 25 YEAR FEUD WITH JOHN DONOVAN – which puts the extracts below in overall context.)
The extract below should be read in the context of the fact that we were besieged by undercover activity during the run-up to the SMART High Court Trial – the climax of our litigation alleging that Shell had stolen Intellectual Property from our company Don Marketing. Shell brought a Counterclaim amid a barrage of aggressive threats and sinister activity directed against us. Shell did not disclose its close connection with a private spy firm Hakluyt & Company populated by former senior MI6 officers (such as Ian Forbes McCredie and other retired or freelance spooks). As Shell CEO Ben van Beurden mentioned in an illuminating wire-tapped telephone conversation with then CFO Simon Henry, Shell hired such MI6 people including Guy Colegate and John Copleston to negotiate with Dan Etete in the corrupt OPL 245 Nigerian oil deal. Both “people” are now defendants in a criminal action brought in Italy.

Extracts below from pages 108

IAN FORBES MCCREDIE CMG OBE

A former senior British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) officer, Ian Forbes McCredie was, until December 2010, Vice President of Corporate Security for Royal Dutch Shell aka Shell Corporate Affairs Security (CAS).

Mr. McCredie is closely associated with Hakluyt. When I sent an email to him at Shell, I received a response from his Hakluyt email address.

His spook duties at Shell were listed in his CV published online (as of October 2015). See center box.

A retired senior FBI official, Richard T. Garcia, was Global Security Manager for Shell Americas.

A very senior person within Shell Global Security, another former spook, contacted me with insider information and confirmed that he was involved in monitoring my website activities. I have all of the correspondence with this individual.

EXTRACT ENDS

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Shell Finally Admits Bribery, Corruption As 4 Former Staff Face Criminal Trial In Milan http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2018/03/28/shell-finally-admits-bribery-corruption-as-4-former-staff-face-criminal-trial-in-milan/ Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:49:55 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=96217 Shell Finally Admits Bribery, Corruption As 4 Former Staff Face Criminal Trial In Milan was first posted on March 28, 2018 at 9:49 pm.
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After years of claiming that its system is bribery and corruption-free, oil giants, Shell, on Wednesday, admitted that one of its most senior executives may have received kickbacks in return for an oil deal. Mr. Peter Robinson, a former Shell employee, and three other former executives are to face criminal charges in Milan, Italy, for another corrupt deal.

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NYMAR 28, 2018

After years of claiming that its system is bribery and corruption-free, oil giants, Shell, on Wednesday, admitted that one of its most senior executives may have received kickbacks in return for an oil deal. Mr. Peter Robinson, a former Shell employee, and three other former executives are to face criminal charges in Milan, Italy, for another corrupt deal.

Shell’s admission that its system may not be free of bribery and corruption was made in a statement it issued on Wednesday.

While claiming that it works hard to maintain its code of conduct, business principles and, integrity and expects same from its employees, Shell said the standards are occasionally breached. When such breaches occur, the oil giant said in the statement, it takes decisive action against such.

“Last week, Shell filed a criminal complaint with the Dutch authorities because we suspect a crime may have been committed against Shell by a former employee in relation to the sale of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42 in Nigeria in 2011.” 

“Based on what we know from an internal investigation, we suspect this is a case of possible kickbacks, related to the actions of a former employee who left Shell more than three years ago. The individual in question is Peter Robinson, then Vice President (Commercial), Sub-Saharan Africa,” the statement said.

It noted that Mr. Robinson is one of four former Shell employees, who have been ordered to stand trial in Italy in relation to the 2011 OPL 245 settlement. The oil firm, however, stated that from what it currently knows, OML 42 is unrelated to the OPL 245 settlement.

“Indeed, based on the information available to us including the Milan public prosecutor’s file, we don’t believe there is a basis to convict Shell or any of our four former employees in relation to OPL 245 and we will defend our case vigorously.”

“Cases like OML 42 are hard to investigate. By sharing information with the DPP, we want them to combine it with their information, and use their much greater powers of investigation to ascertain the full facts and to take the appropriate action,” said Shell.

It added that it is determined to understand the full facts of OML 42 saga and learn any lessons from it. The firm also promised to assist investigators in their bid to get to the root of the matter.

Reacting to the development, Mr. Barnaby Pace, an anti-corruption campaigner at Global Witness, said it appears that Shell is finally beginning to crack after years of stonewalling.

“Today marks a huge blow for Shell. After years of saying that there is no place for bribery or corruption in their company, they have finally admitted that one of their most senior executives may have taken kickbacks in return for an oil deal. As Peter Robinson along with three other former Shell executives faces criminal charges in Milan for another corrupt deal, it looks like Shell is starting to crack,” Mr. Pace told SaharaReporters.

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While carrying out investigations over allegations in the purchase of the controversial Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245, Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it  discovered that one of its ex-vice-president, Peter Robinson may be culpable of crimes in the sale of another oil bloc, Oil Mining License (OML) 42. The oil company has continued to deny any wrongdoing in the Malabu scandal.

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK: MAR 28, 2018

While carrying out investigations over allegations in the purchase of the controversial Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245, Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it  discovered that one of its ex-vice-president, Peter Robinson may be culpable of crimes in the sale of another oil bloc, Oil Mining License (OML) 42.

The oil company has continued to deny any wrongdoing in the Malabu scandal.

In the course of its self-inquisition, Shell said it began to suspect that accounts in Switzerland and a company in Seychelles in Robinson’s name were used to take kickbacks from the sale of OML 42, Bloomberg quoted a source within the company as saying.

“Based on what we know now from an internal investigation, we suspect a crime may have been committed by our former employee”.

“We were stunned and disappointed when we learned about this.”

Robinson worked in Nigeria for Shell from 2008 to 2011 as vice president for commercial in the sub-Saharan Africa region, part of a more-than-30-year tenure with the company,” Shell told Bloomberg via mail.

Robinson has been referred to Dutch authorities for investigation. He is also numbered among executives standing trial in Milan.

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A bank account linked to Robinson was frozen by the Attorney-General in Switzerland after requests for legal assistance from the Dutch and Italian authorities, people familiar with the matter said last week. Several hundred million Swiss francs were in the account…

  • Oil giant filed a criminal complaint to Dutch authorities
  • Peter Robinson already facing corruption charges in Italy

Royal Dutch Shell Plc referred a former vice president for sub-Saharan Africa Peter Robinson to the Dutch authorities, suspecting he may have committed crimes related to an asset sale in Nigeria.

The allegations of criminal misconduct by one of its employees come at a difficult time for Shell. Europe’s largest energy company and several former executives, including Robinson, are already facing a criminal trial in Milan over an alleged bribery scheme related to the separate purchase of a Nigerian oil block called OPL 245. 

Shell denies any wrongdoing in that case. However, while investigating those charges it discovered accounts in Switzerland and a company in the Seychelles in Robinson’s name that it suspects were used to take kickbacks from the sale of another block called OML 42, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. 

“Based on what we know now from an internal investigation, we suspect a crime may have been committed by our former employee,” Shell said in an emailed statement. “We were stunned and disappointed when we learned about this.” 

Robinson worked in Nigeria for Shell from 2008 to 2011 as vice president for commercial in the sub-Saharan Africa region, part of a more than 20 year tenure with the company. His lawyer in the Milan case, Chiara Padovani, wasn’t immediately able to respond to a request for comment. She said last week that her client denies accusations of corruption from the Italian prosecutors.

Nigerian Deals

Oil block OML 42, located in the Niger Delta, was sold by Shell in 2011. It produces about 100,000 barrels a day according to Neconde Energy Ltd., now the operator of the block. The deal came into focus after prosecutors in Milan alleged that in the same year Shell and Italian oil company Eni SpA paid more than $1 billion for OPL 245, knowing that much of the money would go to pay bribes to Nigerian officials.

The criminal trial in Milan also involves Shell’s former upstream director Malcolm Brinded and the current Chief Executive Officer of Eni Claudio Descalzi. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

For a detailed explanation of the story behind the OPL 245 trial, click here

The criminal referral against Robinson was filed last week, said the person with direct knowledge of the matter. It appears he acted alone and took strong measures to avoid detection within Shell including encrypting emails, and failing to report companies and accounts registered in his name that fell outside the company’s protocols on eliminating conflicts of interest, the person said.

Swiss Account

Prosecutors in Milan have been investigating links between Robinson and a Seychelles-based company called Energy Venture Partners. The Italian authorities suspect that part of the payment Shell made to the Nigerian government for OPL 245 was funneled through Swiss bank accounts and into Energy Venture Partners to personally enrich Robinson, said the person.

A bank account linked to Robinson was frozen by the Attorney-General in Switzerland after requests for legal assistance from the Dutch and Italian authorities, people familiar with the matter said last week. Several hundred million Swiss francs were in the account, the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper reported, citing people it didn’t name.

Shell’s own investigation concluded those accounts weren’t linked to the OPL 245 transaction, but instead may have been used for kickbacks from the sale of OML 42, the person said.

“On OPL 245, we continue to believe, from our review of the prosecutor of Milan’s file and all of the information and facts currently available to us, there is no case to convict Shell or its former employees,” Shell said by email.

— With assistance by Sergio Di Pasquale

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