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Shell: Dutch prosecutors to bring criminal charges

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 4, 2019

Oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell disclosed that Dutch prosecutors are preparing to levy criminal charges concerning a long-running corruption scandal to acquire oil exploration rights in Nigeria.

Shell announced on March 1 that it has “been informed by the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office (DPP) that they are nearing the conclusion of their investigation and are preparing to prosecute Royal Dutch Shell for criminal charges directly or indirectly related to the 2011 settlement of disputes over Oil Prospecting License 245 (OPL 245) in Nigeria.”

In 2011, Shell and Italian oil company Eni paid $1.1 billion to secure rights to one of Africa’s most valuable oil blocks, known as OPL 245—a murky deal that Global Witness...

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