Thursday, 28 May 2009

Saro-Wiwa vs Shell Trial Postponed

The legal action brought against Shell by the family of Ken Saro-Wiwa has been postponed indefinitely.

The case was due to start on the 27th May at a federal court in New York City, but Chief Judge Kimba Wood ordered the trial postponed.

No new trial date has been set, but a hearing has been arranged for 1st June and jury selection will start no earlier than 2nd June.

According to Sahara Reporters, there is some speculation that Shell may be trying for an out of court settlement.

Han Shan of the Huffington Post raises another point about Shell trying to draw on legal technicalities to scupper the lawsuit, with regards to a video one of the plaintiffs' lawyers is connected to.

Shell's objections about the lawyer participating in the trial were rejected by the New York court, but were forced to remove the offending video.

Shell would rather you didn't watch the video. So here it is:

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