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LONDON (Reuters) – The widow of an activist executed after protesting against Royal Dutch Shell’s oil production in Nigeria has won access to legal documents for use in a legal case for damages against the oil giant that she says she plans to launch in the Netherlands.
A U.S. judge in December told Shell’s U.S. lawyers to give Esther Kiobel documents about Shell’s activities in Nigeria, according to her lawyers and a court transcript obtained by protest website royaldutchshellplc.com and seen by Reuters.
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Kiobel alleges that Shell was complicit in the execution of her late husband, alongside author and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, by the Nigerian military in 1995 because it provided support and funding for the army in its crackdown of opposition to a Shell-led joint venture in the Niger Delta.
Shell said in a statement that it denied the allegations, previously made in a lawsuit against Shell in the United States.
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“We have always denied, in the strongest possible terms, the allegations made by the plaintiffs in this tragic case,” a spokesman said in the statement.
It made no comment about the possibility of legal action in the Netherlands or the December court ruling on the documents.
Kiobel - Access - Documents - Deposition - Transcripts
Kiobel previously gained access to the documents and deposition transcripts she is now seeking but only for use in the U.S. lawsuit.
Kiobel’s lawyers said a court order prevented her from using...
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