TheNigerianVoice Online Radio Center

Topics | Hot Topics | Search | Archive

Fresh delay in Eni-Shell bribery trial over Nigerian oil field

By The Nigerian Voice

A trial for oil giants Eni and Shell over alleged kickbacks paid during the purchase of an offshore oilfield in Nigeria was on Monday pushed back to June 20 awaiting a ruling on an appeal made by Shell.

Eni Chief Executive, Claudio Descalzi, his predecessor Paolo Scaroni and several managers from Eni and Shell are among those to go on trial, as is Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister, Dan Etete.

Eni and Shell are accused of handing out bribes during the 2011 purchase of OPL245, an offshore oil block estimated to hold nine billion barrels of crude, for $1.3 billion (€1.06 billion).

The agreement allegedly saw Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan and his oil minister Etete pocket bribes, according to corruption watchdog Global Witness.

Global Witness said the deal resulted in $1.1 billion being paid into an account in London opened by Nigerian government officials that went directly to Etete. The Nigerian government received only $210 million.

The 2011 deal aimed to end years of litigation over the OPL245 block between Shell and Etete’s Oil and Gas Malabu company.

Both companies deny paying bribes.

The trial had originally been set to start in a Milan court in March but was transferred to another chamber due to a large number of pending cases and a new date had been set for 14 May.

The decision to delay proceedings a second time comes pending a ruling on an appeal by Shell set for June 12 concerning the legality of a decision regarding its defendants.

In court on Monday, the judge said that it would be prudent to await the outcome of the ruling before launching the corruption trial.

Your Comment
 
 
 

joseph | 5/15/2018 9:46:00 AM
all nations tell all germany nosens and dotors to let me go aways from there men and women siquiatrics ativities i was arested since 14/3/2018
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:47:00 AM
i dont want any whiths laghters no
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:48:00 AM
i dont need any whith man pe*is no neder whith woman toto no
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:50:00 AM
i need my freedom not fox medicins no i dont want them to follows me anymorn no out
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:52:00 AM
all nations tell them is not fox relationchips all nations tell that or the man that is haven sex with me on my dream to stops or the food on my dream to stops in jesus name Amen
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:53:00 AM
all nations tell talkers of one to stops and stop
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:56:00 AM
all nations tell klinikum rechts der lsar technische universitat munchen germany to stop
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:57:00 AM
all nations tell all there spirits to stops stop
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:58:00 AM
all nations tell problems to stops stop
joseph | 5/15/2018 9:59:00 AM
all nations tell the spirits that is talkings from me to stops stop
joseph | 5/15/2018 10:00:00 AM
all nations tell mandness demon stronges voice to stops stop
joseph | 5/15/2018 10:02:00 AM
all nations tells all deadlys germany people to stops stop there problems on me
joseph | 5/15/2018 10:03:00 AM
all nations tells watevers or whoever distratings me to stops stop
joseph | 5/15/2018 10:06:00 AM
all nations tell all germany land to stops stop of there talkings
joseph | 5/15/2018 10:07:00 AM
all nations tell all fox medicins demons to stops stop
Divided we are weak: united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world.
By: Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nk