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Update on OSSL Shell Scandal

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 23.00.33By John Donovan

At the weekend I published an article under the headline: “Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?”

A question mark was placed at the end of the headline to denote a degree of uncertainty. 

This is my take on the actual situation according to information I have received today.

After pointing out that a recent Garda Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation found no evidence of the alcohol supplied to Garda officers by OSSL on behalf of Shell and stating that the matter is closed, the Irish Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, grudgingly invited OSSL to contact the GSOC with any evidence to support various related allegations.

OSSL has subsequently had contact with the Internal Affairs department of the Garda who passed on to the GSOC correspondence OSSL has supplied to Internal Affairs. It includes reference to a new subject relating to Shell.

Kevin Duffy, a case officer at the GSOC has given the relevant correspondence a case reference number and has asked OSSL if it wants to have the correspondence considered by the GSOC as a formal complaint. This is subject to various criteria, including a time limit of 15 December to supply further information.

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