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Another can of worms for Shell

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By John Donovan

The lid on the corruption scandal in Ireland involving a “Mr Fix” company OSSL, its client Shell E&P Ireland, and various recipients of Shell’s generous bribes distributed by OSSL, keeps coming off. 

Recipients have included senior Irish Police Officers, who took delivery of £30,000 of free alcohol kindly supplied by Shell. 

One local family had a tennis court installed at their property as another spectacular gift from Shell. They must think it’s perfectly normal for an oil company to install tennis courts to buy influence.

The Irish cops (the GARDA) who received the free alcohol, are currently investigating OSSL on harassment charges and according to the correspondence I have seen, are using electronic tracing of email messages.  

A harassment investigation was apparently preferable by the complainant to bringing a defamation action against OSSL.

This means that the focus is not on legalities or ethics relating to the bribes, but the nature of the communications sent by OSSL, which claims that it has not been fully recompensed by Shell for the free alcohol. 

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