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N’Delta Killings: Chevron’s Trial Begins Sept in US [Nigeria]

Oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited, will stand trial in the United States (US) in September, after exhausting all appeals meant to stop the company from being tried for the alleged murder of villagers in the Niger Delta region in two separate incidents between 1998 and 1999. The US District Court Judge in San Francisco, California, Susan Illston, ruled last year...that Chevron was directly involved in the alleged attacks by acting in consonance with Nigerian government security forces and therefore would stand trial... In her ruling, Judge Illston found “evidence that CNL [Chevron Nigeria Limited] personnel were directly involved in the attacks; CNL transported the GSF [Nigerian government security forces], CNL paid the GSF; and CNL knew that GSF were prone to use excessive force."

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