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Italian judge: Shell and Eni must face trial on corruption charges

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 27, 2017

An Italian judge ruled last week that oil companies Royal Dutch Shell and Eni must face trial on corruption charges concerning a widespread bribery scheme to acquire oil exploration rights in Nigeria.

Judge Giuseppina Barbara of the Preliminary Hearing of the Tribunal of Milan in Italy set a March 5 trial date for Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, and a group of current and former executives. These executives include Eni’s chief executive Claudio Descalzi, and Malcolm Brinded, a former chief of exploration and production for Shell.

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 special report, “Shell Knew,” published by Global Witness and Finance...

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