A success for the Saro-Wiwa family and the other plaintiffs, but perhaps a shame that the case didn't go to trial. Still, the payment is an admission of culpability of sorts..
His son's reaction here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/09/ken-saro-wiwa-jr-reaction
I never thought it would go to trial…Shell would want a high profile case like this swept away quickly so it doesn’t generate any media attention. It’s a twisted way of admitting culpability
$15,000,000.00 for how many lives?
It isn't perhaps a shame ... it is a shame!But things could have been worse ... they could have gone to trail and had the case ruled in the murders favor. Wait! Maybe that wouldn't have been such a bad thing? Maybe it would make the world pay more attention?
it's 15mill plus attorneys fees,which after 13 years would likely be higher than 15mil. It's a good job by the plaintiffs
Perhaps it's time the Nigerian co- conspirators were brought to trial...
it is better it didnt go trial, they would have kept appealing until they run out of funds which shell would never run out of!And I agree, what about the Nigerians that took part and are still taking part in the violatiions against the Niger Delta? When are they going to be taken to trial??
this was pursuant to the Alien Tort act which does not apply to non americans, hence no nigerians in the suit. they can bring a case in nigeria to give it a shot, but we know how that will go
I only hope the payment reaches its final destination in full.
I'm not an apologist for Shell, but what about the Nigerian authorities? Shell presumably pays for the oil & gas, and there are terms & conditions on which it operates. Or not? I guess the dimwits in charge of oil & gas in Nigeria cannot enforce these terms & conditions, and it takes a foreigner to do this. What has the FGN done for the Delta? rape, pillage, pollute and distribute the oil & gas, not bad if you belong or aspire to the Nigerian elite. $15m from Shell, then what? Who will speak up for those attacked by the JTF? I guess we'll find another oil company to blame. Just remember fellow citizens, nothing works without the foreigners, all we do is look good and talk a lot of BS, they do the real work. The lunatics continue to run the asylum!
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