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Saudi purge may lift lid on Shell’s money-laundering role in £43bn BAE al-Yamamah arms deal 

By John Donovan

The Times has published an article today, 11 November 2017, under the headline “Saudi purge may lift lid on £43bn BAE arms deal

Extract: Britain’s biggest -ever arms deal faces renewed scrutiny after Saudi Arabia placed it at the centre of an urgent criminal investigation as part of the kingdom’s anti-corruption drive. One of the hundreds of princes, ministers and businessmen held in the country’s unprecedented purge of senior figures is Prince Turki bin Nasser, the royal at the centre of the so­ called al-Yamamah scandal, The Times has been told. read more

22nd Execution Anniversary Date of the Ogoni 9

The ‘Ogoni 9’ were executed on this day 22 years ago, all victims of a trumped-up case brought by the corrupt despotic Abacha Nigerian regime in collusion with its evil partner in crime, Royal Dutch Shell.

The widows of those murdered include Esther Kiobel who has been seeking justice ever since. Her husband, Dr. Barinem Nubari Kiobel was born in Kpor, Rivers State, Nigeria, on 23 September 1959. Between 1979 and 1992 he lived in the UK, where he obtained a doctorate at the University of Glasgow. In 1992 he returned to Nigeria, where he accepted a senior lecturer position at the University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt.

Dr. Kiobel later became Honourable Commissioner of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Rivers State province. In this role he acted as a link between the government and the Ogoni. During his work as Commissioner, despite the potential danger of doing so, he publicly expressed criticism of the regime’s activities in Ogoniland. A fatal course of action.  read more

OPL 245: WHY IS REPROBATE MALCOLM BRINDED STILL PRESIDENT OF THE ENERGY INSTITUTE?

EMAIL FROM BILL CAMPBELL RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR SHELL INTERNATIONAL SENT TO SUE BEARD, HEAD OF PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS, ENERGY INSTITUTE. PUBLISHED HERE BY JOHN DONOVAN  WITHOUT BILL’S PERMISSION. NO REPLY THUS FAR.

From: William Campbell
Subject: Brinded steps down from role as Chairman of Shell Foundation
Date: 2 November 2017 at 21:02:51 GMT
To: [email protected]
Cc: John Donovan <[email protected]>

Dear Suzanne

Note that in relative terms the EI is recently formed.  Understand in your role as Head of Professional affairs you are interested in ethics, compliance with the law etc so it surprises me that you would appoint a serial lawbreaker Brinded as your President – but for the present could I simply ask in the public interest for clarification: read more

A new revelation about Shell in Nigeria shows that oil trade always makes dirty hands

Google translation of an extensive OPL 245 article published in Dutch. Cannot guarantee that all the links work. Listen here to the unprincipled notorious BvB/Simon Henry wiretapped phone call. Instruction given to withhold information from the police and Shell shareholders. (Currently conversation 9 down from the top)

Jelmer Mommer, Correspondent Climate & Energy

27 October 2017

In 2011, Shell concluded a deal to win oil for the Nigerian coast. Of that, a condemned money launderer benefited – with the knowledge of Shell. Free Netherlands publishes a new reconstruction about the case this week, based on a file of thousands of pages, internal emails, reports and listened calls.

In the amazing documentary Here was the unforgettable film about oil, corruption and capitalism. Here was the unforgettable film about oil, corruption and capitalism. Big Men, says a member of a small American oil company doing business in Ghana: “The oil business is a team sport.” read more

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Italy judge expected to rule on Eni, Shell indictment over Nigeria on Dec. 20 – source

(Corrects paragraph six to read “…former…” instead of “…current…” and adds paragraph seven saying Malcolm Brinded temporarily stepped down earlier this year as chairman of the Shell Foundation)

MILAN, Oct 31 (Reuters) – An Italian judge is expected to decide on December 20 whether to send oil majors Eni and Shell to trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria, two legal sources said on Tuesday.

Milan prosecutors have asked for the two companies and some past and present managers, including current Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, to be indicted in a case revolving around the purchase of a Nigerian oilfield in 2011. read more

Milan judge expected to decide on Eni, Shell indictment over Nigeria on December 20 – source

OCTOBER 31, 2017 / 3.40 PM

MILAN, Oct 31 (Reuters) – An Italian judge is expected to decide on December 20 whether to send oil majors Eni and Shell to trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria, two legal sources said on Tuesday.

Milan prosecutors have asked for the two companies and some past and present managers, including current Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, to be indicted in a case revolving around the purchase of a Nigerian oilfield in 2011.

A judge must now rule whether to press charges or dismiss the case. read more

Shell Nigerian Corruption Case Approaches Climax

FD Ochtendnieuws 

Non-professional translation (Google Translation plus) of an article published today 30 Oct 2017 by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times.

Will Shell be formally charged in a major corruption case concerning an oil field in Nigeria, or does the oil and gas multinational know how to duck the dance?

On Tuesday, the last of a series of hearings takes place in a Milan court where prosecutor Fabio de Pasquale argues that Shell and four former Shell executives should be prosecuted together with the Italian multinational Eni. “The decision [of the judge] will follow on the 31st or a few days later,” so De Pasquale informs the FD. He does not want to go further on the matter. read more

Shell is a monster says MOSOP official

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has described as frightening and condemnable, the Nigerian Government’s tacit endorsement of  abuses against the Ogoni people by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. Publicity Secretary of MOSOP Fegalo Nsuke, made this known while speaking to participants of the Ogoni Peace Match in Bori on Thursday October 26. Nsuke said it was shameful that the Nigerian state, with representation on the U.N. Human Rights Commission will be stinking with abuses and is failing to address the problem in over 2 decades since the Ogoni people rose to challenge these abuses perpetrated against the flock by Shell Petroleum.

Nsuke said the situation in Ogoniland is degenerating with lots of people being endangered without a voice to speak out to the world.

Citing the incident of Thursday where soldiers dispersed a crown of peaceful protestors in Tai, Nsuke said he was assaulted by one of the soldiers simply because he took photographs. He said a female reporter for The Nation newspaper was also assaulted by another soldier for recording a speech by the media aide to the MOSOP President, Bari-ala Kpalap.

The MOSOP spokesman however assured that the Ogoni people led by MOSOP will not give up on the struggle for a free Ogoniland neither will the battle to secure a future for the Ogoni people be lost. read more

OPL 245 was a tipping point

Comment by Bill Campbell (retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International) on the article “Corruption charge looms for outgoing BHP director Malcolm Brinded” 

It was good news for those who care for Shell and it’s reputation when Brinded and his guard dog Ruddock were shown the door in 2012. Brinded had contaminated the boardrooms of Shell UK and RDS for 15 years with his toxic behaviour. Corruption of external parties also in the shape of the North Sea safety reguluator using his special relationship with the then Secretary of State for Scotland. Still wary of the demise of reputation during the reserves debacle it seems the Chairman and his counsel with the support of the non executives called time on Brinded sensing Shell was heading yet again into the scandal zone. read more

Nigeria recovers $85 mln deposited in Britain in oil licence deal funds – attorney general

Shell has said it was aware that some of the payments it made to Nigeria for rights to the oilfield would go to Malabu, a company associated with former Nigerian oil minister and convicted money launderer Dan Etete.

ABUJA, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Nigeria has recovered $85 million in funds from an oil licence deal that had been deposited in Britain, the West African country’s attorney general said.

President Muhammadu Buhari has, since taking office in 2015, sought help from several nations to recover money he said was taken from public coffers. 

It is not immediately clear who deposited the money in Britain. The money was frozen at the request of prosecutors as a result of an Italian investigation. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by British authorities. read more

Malabu Scandal: Despite Prosecution Of Shell, Top Officials, Nigeria Allows Continued Operation Of Oil Block

Barnaby Pace of the UK-based Global Witness told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Brinded and at least three other Shell executives would be arraigned alongside others that have been identified by Italian prosecutors as co-conspirators in the Malabu fraud.

PREMIUM TIMES: 23 Oct 2017

When Vice President Yemi Osinbajo addressed attendees at a two-day conference on ‘Beneficial Ownership’ in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, he made reference to the Malabu scandal. Mr. Osinbajo said Nigeria was still grappling with the negative consequences of the use of secrecy by senior government officials and their cronies between 1993 and 1998 to award themselves juicy contracts in the extractive industry.

In the Malabu oil scandal, then Minister of Petroleum Resources under the Sani Abacha administration, Dan Etete, used his official position to secretly allocate a lucrative oil prospecting license, OPL 245, to a company he had interest. read more

Nigerian govt’s suit against Shell, Eni adjourned

A Federal High Court in Lagos was on Monday forced to adjourn continuation of hearing until November 15 in a suit filed by the federal government against Shell Western Supply and Trading Ltd over alleged crude oil shipment worth $406.8 million. The suit, filed by the federal government’s counsel, Fabian Ajogwu, has Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd and its subsidiary — Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd as defendants. A similar case before the same court involving the federal government and Agip, a subsidiary of oil giant Eni, which was also scheduled for Monday, was also fixed for November 15 for hearing. The plaintiff is claiming the sum of $406.8 million from the defendants, representing the shortfall of money paid into the federal government’s account with the Central Bank of Nigeria. FULL ARTICLE read more

MOSOP Condemns Shell’s Destruction of Ogoni Farmlands

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) strongly condemn the conscienceless destruction of crops in Ogoniland by the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria with the backing of heavily armed Nigerian soldiers.

MOSOP considers the action of Shell to be callous, insensitive and a complete negation of the principles of business in any civilized society.

We note that Shell’s conduct in Ogoniland in recent weeks do not only threaten food security but is also leading to apprehension with attendant heart related problems for our people. read more

Corruption charge looms for outgoing BHP director Malcolm Brinded

  • The Times

One of Royal Dutch Shell’s most senior former executives is due to learn within weeks whether he will face trial in Italy on corruption charges.

Investigating magistrates requested over the northern summer that Malcolm Brinded and three other former Shell employees be tried for alleged international corruption relating to Shell and Eni’s dollars 1.3 billion acquisition of a big oil exploration block offshore Nigeria.

They are understood also to be seeking trials of Shell itself, as well as Eni, the Italian oil major, and Claudio Descalzi, its chief executive. read more

Italian prosecutor requests Brinded trial over OPL 245

17 Oct 2017 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. read more

EI ‘aware’ of court case said to involve president, a former Shell executive

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The Energy Institute is “aware” of a corruption probe said to implicate president Malcolm Brinded, a former high ranking Shell executive.

The case is being brought forward by prosecutors in Italy and centres around a long-standing dispute over the $1.3billion purchase of an oilfield in Nigerian waters in 2011.

Mr Brinded, who used to be Shell’s head of international exploration and production and also headed up offices in Aberdeen, is among those prosecutors may wish to bring charges against.

Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of Italian oil and gas group Eni, is also understood to have been named by prosecutors. read more

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