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Dutch court to hear Nigerians' case against Shell

Dutch court to hear Nigerians' case against Shell

A Dutch court has agreed to hear suits filed by four Nigerian men who allege that Royal Dutch Shell was negligent in cleaning up a 2005 oil spill that damaged their farms and fisheries.
Shell had argued the Hague District Court should not have jurisdiction over the matter, since the alleged damages were caused by a company which is majority-owned by the Nigerian government and subject to Nigerian law.
Shell has a 30 percent stake in the subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company.
The men, supported by Friends of the Earth, said they turned to Dutch courts because it was impossible to get a fair hearing in Nigeria.
Shell said it was disappointed by Wednesday's ruling, while the environmental organization said it was pleased.


Updated : 2021-03-09 03:43 GMT+08:00