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Shell executives charged in bribery scheme

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 16, 2017

The Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office has charged several senior Royal Dutch Shell executives in Italy for their role in a widespread bribery scheme to acquire oil exploration rights in Nigeria.

Those facing trial include Malcolm Brinded CBE, the former executive director for Upstream International and the second most powerful person in the company when the deal was struck. Shell itself is also facing bribery charges, alongside Peter Robinson, former vice president for Shell’s sub-Saharan Africa operations; Guy Colegate and John Copleston, former Shell employees and ex-MI6 agents.

“This could be the biggest corporate bribery trial in history and a watershed moment for the oil industry,” said Barnaby Pace of Global Witness.   

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