Press Release: A Report on the Lundin Case
Leading international lawyers find basis of the Swedish Prosecutor’s investigation into Lundin in Sudan fundamentally flawed
- A new independent report finds that the basis of a Swedish Prosecutor’s criminal investigation into the activities of Lundin Oil (now Lundin Energy) in Sudan between 1997-2003 is fundamentally flawed.
- The investigation was prompted by the publication of a 2010 report by campaigning organisation, European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS).
- ECOS accuses the Company of complicity in war crimes in southern Sudan.
- These allegations were first raised by Christian Aid in 2001 and were exposed to be without foundation at the time.
- Holding foreign oil companies responsible for a decades-long conflict is a serious misrepresentation of Sudan’s history.
- The NGOs operating in southern Sudan were beholden to the separatist rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/ Army (SPLM/A) who were in control of 80% of the area.
- The bias displayed by the NGO reports, and their flawed methodology, would make them inadmissible in international criminal courts.
- The Swedish Prosecutor must uphold international criminal law standards when applying universal jurisdiction to a war crimes investigation...