A week ago, the Irish Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan warned the corruption-ridden Irish police Force (the Gardaí) that he wants to see “all the skeletons out of all of the cupboards” in terms of Garda scandals and controversies. One such scandal is the “Strange tale of Shell’s pipeline battle, the Gardaí and £30,000 of booze.”
Shell has been a corporate sponsor of police corruption in Ireland aided and abetted by its ”Mr Fixit” company OSSL, who freely admit their involvement in distributing bribes on behalf of Shell to smooth the path of the controversial Corrib Gas Project. Despite the confession, Shell has thus far managed to escape due retribution.
It has been widely reported and confirmed by witnesses that the Irish police received a shipment of free alcohol worth over €30,000. A senior Garda officer helped unload the OSSL delivery vehicle. Whistleblower Desmond Kane of OSSL is still chasing Shell for reimbursement.
It is a matter of record that Ben van Beurden has discussed the issue with Mr Kane, who is in regular contact with the Shell CEO in his determination for Shell to come clean about its corrupt activities in Ireland.
BvB had no involvement it the corruption. He has not, however, taken steps to ensure that those at Shell EP Ireland responsible for the corruption and subsequent cover-up of the scandal are held accountable for their criminal actions.
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