Shell Human Rights Abuses Case Delayed (VIDEO)

07/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Carolyn Weaver VOA News

The Shell human rights abuses case has been delayed in New York due to court order. No explanation has been given. For a video primer on the case, scroll down to the Reuters video.

Voice of America reports on the Shell delay:

More than 13 years after Nigeria executed writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others, a U.S. civil trial of the Shell Oil Company in connection with those deaths has been postponed. Experts say the delay could be because of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday that reinstated the possibility of Shell's Nigerian subsidiary also facing trial in the case. Or, it could indicate that Shell is working towards settlement of the case that alleges its complicity with human rights abuses in Nigeria in the 1990s. Shell has denied any such involvement.

Reuters video: