Nigerian widows end case in the Netherlands against Shell | Oil and Gas News

The widows’ husbands had been among the many ‘Ogoni 9’, a bunch of activists hanged by Nigeria’s army authorities in 1995.

4 widows looking for to carry Shell responsible for damages within the Netherlands after their anti-oil activist husbands had been executed by the Nigerian authorities in 1995, have cancelled additional authorized proceedings, their lawyer has mentioned.

“Clearly this isn’t with out disappointment and frustration,” mentioned lawyer Channa Samkalden in assertion on Monday asserting that the widows have cancelled an attraction launched after the Hague District Court docket rejected their case earlier this yr.

“This has been a prolonged and demanding process, which makes them re-live horrible occasions, whereas the end result is most unsure.”

The widow’s husbands had been amongst a bunch that later turned often known as the “Ogoni 9”, that had been arrested and hung after a flawed trial that turned worldwide opinion towards Nigeria’s then-military rulers. The activists included author Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Shell struck a $15.5m settlement in 2009 in america with kinfolk of some households, together with the Saro-Wiwa property, with out acknowledging wrongdoing. However others continued attempting to carry the corporate accountable in international courts after exhausting authorized prospects in Nigeria.

In March, the Hague courtroom dominated there was not sufficient proof to help the widows’ assertion that Shell had bribed witnesses to provide false testimony within the trial that led to the lads’s executions.

“We’ve got at all times denied the allegations made towards Shell on this case,” Shell mentioned in an announcement on Monday. “Nevertheless, this doesn’t in any approach diminish the tragic nature of the occasions of 1995.”

Samkalden, the lawyer, mentioned the widows live in “troublesome circumstances”.

“Moderately than specializing in the attraction, initiatives at the moment are being developed aimed toward offering these girls with some fundamental monetary help,” she mentioned.