Shell settles Saro-Wiwa court case for $15.5m

Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay $15.5 million to settle a lawsuit over the execution of writer and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995.

Shell was facing claims that it had been complicit in the deaths of Saro-Wiwa and eight other activists who were campaigning against oil production in Ogoniland, Nigeria. The case was brought by family members and surviving activists.
Shell has always denied it played any role in Saro-Wiwa’s execution by the military government.
‘While we were prepared to go to court to clear our name, we believe the right way forward is to focus on the future for Ogoni people, which is important for peace and stability in the region,’ Malcolm Brinded, head of the company’s exploration and production unit, said in a statement.
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