Thursday, June 4, 2009

Ken Saro-Wiwa vs Shell trial Cancelled

The case brought  forward to U.S. District Court in Manhattan by the family of late Ken Saro-Wiwa about Shell's exploitation of Nigeria that caused the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other activists in 1995 has been cancelled by presiding judge Kimba Wood.

The Saro-Wiwa family decided to seek Justice in America because under the 1789 U.S. statute, the Alien Tort claims Act, Allows non citizens to file cases in U.S. courts for human rights abuses occurring overseas.

Judge Kimba Wood canceled the hearing on Wednesday in the civil trial of Royal Dutch Shell over the alleged involvement of Shell in the executions of protesters in Nigeria in 1995. Shell has denied these allegations.

Judge Kimba Wood has yet to give a reason for the cancellation of the trial.

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