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Houston Chronicle: Shell Nigerian unit wins dismissals

March 5, 2008, 10:32PM

Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian unit was dismissed from two lawsuits claiming it aided the torture and murder of dissidents in Nigeria in the 1990s, including the playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ruled this week that Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria didn’t have enough direct business contacts with the U.S. to subject it to the jurisdiction of American courts.

Shell could not be reached for comment.

Nigeria’s former military government in 1995 hanged Saro-Wiwa, who protested Shell’s oil production in the Niger Delta. and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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