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Esther Kiobel vs money motivated hornets’ nest of 66,000 lawyers

By John Donovan

The battle in the US courts over Shell discovery documents was uneven from the start. Esther Kiobel versus Shell’s formidable US lawyers CRAVATH, SWAINE & MOORE, LLP. The Nigerian-born widow of a murdered Ogoni leader on one side, still fighting to put Shell on trial for complicity in his murder, and a giant law firm on the other, which since 2002, has been blocking her path to justice.

Nonetheless, a US Judge granted her recent petition for Cravath to hand over more than 100,000 Shell discovery documents stored in the USA so that Esther can use them in a pending action against Shell in the Netherlands. In response, Cravath hired another top law firm Hogan Lovells led by one of America’s top lawyers Neal Katyal to represent them in an appeal, thus becoming a battle between Esther Kiobel (now a US citizen) and two giant law firms. No doubt with the malevolent presence of Shell lurking behind the scenes pulling the strings.

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OPL 245: Repeated warnings about the Integrity of Malcolm Brinded 

Below are some of the articles we have published about Brinded and his blind eye policy over the years. Was it the same blind eye approach to the corrupt activities in the OPL 245 deal, or were his actions incriminating? Personally, I doubt that he received a cut. Being unscrupulously ambitious is one thing. Being a crook is another.

By John Donovan

No one has issued more warnings that we have on this website about the integrity of Malcolm Brinded, often in conjunction with comments by the retired Shell International HSE Group Auditor, Bill Campbell.

Shown right is a self-explanatory “WANTED” poster we have had on permanent display on our websites for years and featured in many articles. Please also read the related 20-page forensic indictment by Bill Campbell published on 6 March 2015 under the title: The Case against Malcolm Brinded CBE. It was about the “Touch Fuck All” Brent Bravo scandal and cover-up stretching back to 1999, which cost the lives of Shell workers.

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Fresh Revelations of Alleged Shell Corruption to be Heard in Italian Court

Fresh Revelations of Alleged Shell Corruption to be Heard in Italian Court: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Court proceedings are due to begin in Italy today to determine whether oil giant Shell will face trial on corruption charges over the purchase of one of Africa’s most valuable oil blocks.

Italian prosecutors claim Shell and Italian oil major Eni concluded a deal for the rights to exploit the Nigerian deepwater oil block OPL 245 with knowledge that the money would fall into the hands of a convicted money-launderer and be turned into political kickbacks.

Shell and Eni embroiled in ‘unholy mess’ over Nigerian oil: FT: 20 April 2017

Shell and Eni are waiting to learn whether a judge will accept a request from a Milan prosecutor for the two companies and individuals — including Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of the Italian energy group — to face trial for alleged corruption.

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OPL 245: Milan Court Decision Day Tomorrow on Shell ENI

Tomorrow an Italian court is expected to make a decision on launching criminal proceedings against the oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell in regards to the $1.3bn OPL 245 corruption scandal.

Two oil giants could face trial in Italy over Nigerian deal

OPL 245: Shell email intercepts

By John Donovan

It is plain from these extensive Shell internal emails that Malcolm Brinded was indeed the key Shell player in the OPL 245 deal. They provide an indication of why the Italian Prosecutors are apparently intending to bring charges against him. What a shame that Shell ignored all of my warnings over many years about his lack of scruples. 

Note the involvement of former MI6 agents hired by Shell – Guy Colgate and John Copleston, also up to their necks in the OPL 245 investigation by authorities in a number of countries including the USA, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands.

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Shell’s litigation in the U.S. courts over misappropriated $1.4bn Nigerian oil

By John Donovan

Esther Kiobel, the widow of Shell Ogoni leader Dr Barinem Kiobel, spent over a decade pursuing litigation against Royal Dutch Shell in the USA courts for alleged complicity in his murder.

All of her efforts and those of her lawyers and all the evidence gathered from witnesses came to nought when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that Shell could not be sued in the in the U.S. courts for matters that happened in Nigeria.

Being a simple soul, not a lawyer, I am at a loss to understand how it is then that Shell is currently pursuing litigation against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”) in the U.S. courts in relation to the sum of $1,416,932,000 (Yes, $1.4bn), plus interest and legal costs.

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Ben van Beurden distracted by a wiretapping incident

Extract from an email reply sent by John Donovan, 18 April 2017

Sorry, Sheikh Irfan Abdullah

If the Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc cannot even be bothered to give you the courtesy of a response, there is nothing I can do other than publishing this correspondence, including your complaint. I guess he must have other matters to deal with that he considers more important. He has recently suffered the embarrassment of being caught in a wiretap intercept instructing a fellow Shell director to withhold any Shell internal evidence from police investigating a $1.3bn Nigerian corruption scandal in which Shell is a key player. Hence his distraction. Poor chap panicked after Shell HQ offices were raided. 

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Neal Katyal, the best justice money can buy

By John Donovan

Shell lawyers Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP have hired Neal Katyal, a senior partner at the global law firm Hogan Lovells, to represent them in litigation relating to Shell’s human rights abuses in Nigeria.

Mr Katyal is a busy man. On Monday he will be arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. For the first time, it includes President Trump’s appointee Neil Gorsuch. Katyal endorsed Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, testifying at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.

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The worlds biggest ship originally with a Nazi name, now named Pioneering Spirit

JOHN DONOVAN ABOVE LEFT, SHELL CRITIC & ACTIVIST

By John Donovan

There is a considerable PR campaign in full swing at the moment publicising Shell’s association with the world’s largest ship of its kind, Pioneering Spirit. It entered service in 2016.

Shell will be using it to remove Brent Delta topsides. The work is scheduled to begin this summer.

What is less well known is that the Ship began life under the name of a Nazi officer in the Waffen-SS who served during World War II.

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Keith Ruddock and the OPL 245 scandal

A few days ago, more than $43m (£34m) in cash (above) – proceeds of unidentified unlawful activity – was seized by the Nigerian anti-corruption authorities from a flat in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos. Is the find connected to OPL 245?

By John Donovan

The name of former Shell General Counsel Keith Ruddock (right) has popped up in leaked Shell internal emails relating to the OPL 245 corruption scandal. 

I note in this regard a comment by Mr Ruddock in an interview by GC Magazine:

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Unsubstantiated allegations against Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

By John Donovan

On 13 April I received a serious allegation by “David Byrne” made against Shell CEO Ben van Beurden. It was submitted for posting on the Shell Blog.

The comments in question will not be published unless verifiable supporting evidence is supplied. In that event, I would investigate further. I invite “David Byrne” to provide such evidence.

As far as I am aware in relation to the OPL 245 corruption scandal, BvB is guilty only of cover-up tactics, gross hypocrisy and a failure to take proactive measures to deal with the unfolding PR debacle.

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Shell’s Nigerian Nightmare Continues

Latest salvo in Shell Nigerian discovery docs battle

By John Donovan

Over 100,000 Shell internal discovery documents relating to the oil giants murderous conduct in Nigeria were assembled by Shell several years ago.

This huge task was undertaken for the famous Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum lawsuit in the USA alleging that Shell was complicit in the murder of Ogoni leaders, including Ken Saro-Wiwa and the beloved husband of Esther Kiobel, Dr. Barinem Kiobel.

In 2013, Shell’s lawyers Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP managed to scupper that litigation on legal jurisdiction grounds in a historic U.S. Supreme Court Decision. The pre-trial proceedings, which had lasted over a decade, came to an abrupt end before the allegations could be brought to trial. Shell cleverly escaped responsibility. The content of the discovery documents remained confidential and under Shell’s control.

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