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A Nigerian Trial in New York

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May 20,2009
On May 26th A Unique Trial will Begin in US District Court in New York City.
After 13 Years A Major Multinational Petroleum Company will face Trial for Conspiracy with a Government on an Ethnically Based Crackdown!
The Identity of this Company and that Government it Conspired with are going to be revealed.........

One of the Largest Oil Producing Regions in Africa is the Niger Delta. Over the Last Two Decades there has been an Insurgency in that part of Nigeria by MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta).
So when the Case of Wiwa v Shell begins in New York within a Fortnight, One of the Darkest Events in Nigerian History will once again be in the Limelight.
On November 15, 1995 Ken Saro-Wiwa A Prominent Nigerian Author, Enviromentalist and Leader of MOSOP (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People) Was Executed by Hanging after trial. There was a large International Outcry After His Execution.
Shell is also currently facing Charges in the Netherlands as well for the numerous Oil Spills in the Niger Delta.
So what can be expected in New York?


Above is a Map of Shell Operations in the Niger Delta.

So there are Several Questions to need to be asked?
The Charges against Shell are Serious indeed. Conspiracy is a Difficult Charge to Prove. But the Company did Benefit by the Actions of the Nigerian Government. After All one of the most Vocal Critics against the Company was removed from the scene.
Why should the US Be Concerned?
Roughly 30% of the Oil Imported into the United States comes from the Niger Delta. Nigeria is a close Political Ally of the United States as well.
Chevron a US Based Oil Company has Interests in the Niger Delta as well. Attacks by Nigerian Militants on the Oil Infrastructre continue as well.
There is a Pattern of Abuses that have been committed. Both Human Rights Abuses with the Execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa the Prime Example as well as the treatment of the Ogoni People. Environmental Abuses have been committed as well. Gas Flaring and Oil Spills have contaminated Wells supplying Fresh Water and areas where Fishing is a prevailing Industry.
After 13 years the People of the Niger Delta are finally having their Day in Court to hear their Grievances heard in a Court of Law. Now it will be up to a Jury for Justice to Prevail.

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