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Shell taken to court for billion-dollar bribe

The oil major is on the verge of being officially prosecuted by the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office for paying billions of US dollar in bribes.

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The Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office (DPP) is just about to begin litigation proceedings against Royal Dutch Shell plc. The prosecutor's decision to take legal action in the most recent development in the case involving Shell and Italian oil company Eni's alleged billion-dollar bribe in connection with the purchase of a Nigerian oil field eight year ago, Shell informs in a press release.

"We have been informed by the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office (DPP) that they are nearing the conclusion of their investigation and are preparing to prosecute Royal Dutch Shell plc for criminal charges directly or indirectly related to the 2011 settlement of disputes over Oil Prospecting License 245 (OPL 245) in Nigeria," Shell writes.

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