On 10th September, a post from Global Witness is concerned with the trial in Milan involving senior executives at 2 of the world’s biggest oil companies – Royal Dutch Shell and Eni. The trial centres on a 2011 deal in which Shell and Eni paid over $1.1 billion for the rights to drill for oil in a block of water, named OPL 245, off the coast of Nigeria. It is said that the money went to a convicted money launderer and former Nigerian Oil Minister, Dan Etete. Prosecutors in the case allege that the $1.1 billion was then used to fuel a massive bribery scheme that paid off senior Nigerian Government Officials, including a former President.
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