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Saro-Wiwa’s Widow Wins Access to Court Documents in Shell Suit

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A US judge has granted the widow of an activist executed after protesting against Shell’s oil production in Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa, access to legal documents for use in a legal case for damages against the firm. The widow, Esther Kiobel, plans to take Shell to court in the Netherlands.

Kiobel alleges that Shell was complicit in the execution of her late husband, alongside author and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, by the Nigerian military in 1995 because it provided support and funding for the army in its crackdown of opposition to a Shell-led joint venture in the Niger Delta.

Shell said in a statement that it denied the allegations, previously made in a lawsuit against Shell in the US.

“We have always denied, in the strongest possible terms, the allegations made by the plaintiffs in this tragic case,” a spokesman said in the statement.