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Shell and ENI will Return to Milan Court

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Royal Dutch Shell and ENI will return to the courtroom in June, according to reports. The trial of executives from the two firms in Italy is set to resume in June after a brief procedural hearing earlier this week.

The next hearing date is set for June 20, the Milan court said it would assess requests from third parties, including a series of international non-profit groups, to join the case.

ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi and former Shell Foundation Chairman Malcolm Brinded are standing trial along with 11 other defendants and the two companies.

Prosecutors allege bribes were paid to win the license to explore Nigeria’s OPL-245 offshore block that holds an estimated 9 billion barrels of oil but which has never entered into production.