The trial of Shell and Eni executives over alleged corruption in Nigeria which expected to start in Milan today has been postponed until 20 June, 2018.
There we indications that the Judge in the preliminary hearing forgot to read a page of the charges against Shell, hence, Shell lawyers called for restart.
BBC reporter Stpehanie Hegarty shared on Twitter: Stephanie Hegarty via @stephhegarty ‘Case against Shell and Eni oil execs charged with corruption in Nigeria was supposed to start today in Milan but was postponed until 20 June. Judge in the preliminary hearing forgot to read a page of the charges against Shell, Shell lawyers calling for restart. #Malabu’
The process previously slated for beginning of March was postponed till today.
Both companies paid USD1.3billion for offshore licence 245 in Nigeria, but defendants have been accused of involvement in a scheme to defraud the country of a large part of that sum.
Nigeria’s government has said funds were illegally transferred to bank accounts controlled by former oil minister Dan Tete.
Mr Tete led the company which sold the block, Malabu Oil and Gas. Meanwhile, the companies have denied any wrongdoing.