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24 MARCH 2006
By Alfred Donovan
This is part three of the publication of extracts from a letter and “NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE” issued by TH Liew, the solicitors acting for the EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell companies collectively suing Dr Huong for alleged defamation in respect of postings on this website.
The letter and accompanying “NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE” were served on Dr Huong on Wednesday, 15 Match 2006 notifying of Shell's intention to issue contempt of court proceedings against him punishable by imprisonment or fine. Shell has some expertise in this area having had the “ROSSPORT FIVE” committed to prison in Ireland last year the day after the most important ROYAL DUTCH SHELL dual AGM's in the history of the Anglo Dutch Group. It is fair to say that Shell management came to regret that move which resulted in an International PR disaster. Shell backed down in a spectacular U-TURN three months later and took steps to ensure that the five martyrs who opposed the Corrib pipeline were released from incarceration.
It will be interesting to see the timing on this imprisonment threat, bearing in mind the fast approaching inaugural AGM of ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC. Will Shell management be willing to risk another PR debacle which will inevitably focus even more attention on the matters raised by Dr Huong and on publications made on my websites? It is quite a poker game. All in all, a no win situation for Shell.
Since I am named in the proceedings and have played the key role in the various internet publications at the heart of the case, I have been asked by Dr Huong and his lawyers to supply an Affidavit testifying to the facts as Dr Huong has to respond to the charges made in the NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE. My draft response in printed in red. All yellow highlighting is mine. All underlining is by Shell lawyers, TH Liew.
Part three extracts deal with sections 5, 6 & 7 of the NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE: –
The 2.2.06 publication of your letter to Jyoti Munsiff on the website
5. You wrote this letter to Jyoti Munsiff:
“Congratulations on your appointment as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Royal Dutch Shell Plc…

The entire article is accessible via the following link: – docs/DR HUONG 2006/royal_dutch_shell_group-dr-huong-part-three-march-2006.htm

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