Mixed verdict on Shell for Nigerians

In long-awaited ruling Dutch court finds oil company "partially" responsible for pollution in Niger Delta region.

    It was a long-awaited verdict and a mixed result for most Nigerians: Shell was found responsible for pollution in only one of the five individual cases.

    A court in The Netherlands ruled on Wednesday that the oil company could have done more to protect its pipeline in the village of Ikot Ada Udo, in Akwa Ibom state, from sabotage and it must pay compensation for the damages.

    In the other four areas, the pollution was found to be caused by sabotage, with the court specifically saying Shell could not be held liable for it.

    The ruling was a partial victory for the plaintiff and a measure of relief for Shell.

    Al Jazeera's Simon McGregor-Wood reports from the Hague.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.