http://www.whatsthe411.com's Legal Correspondent, Gloria Browne-Marshall, covered the oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court for Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority. A Constitutional Law Professor, Ms. Browne-Marshall spoke with people from the Ogoni Region of Nigeria who were in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Mrs. Esther Kiobel as they protested against Royal Dutch Petroleum also known as Shell Oil.
Esther Kiobel sued Royal Dutch Petroleum on behalf of her late husband Barinem Kiobel. Mrs. Kiobel, joined by eleven others from the Ogoni region of Nigeria, alleges Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell Oil Company) aided and abetted then Nigerian president General Sani Abacha in committing crimes against the Ogoni people. Shell Oil Company is alleged to have participated in torture, extrajudicial executions, prolonged detentions, and killings of the Ogonis who stood against the destruction of their homeland in Shell Oil’s corporate quest for oil.
The Kiobel case focuses on corporate immunity; expressly, should corporations be held liable for acts of torture committed under their auspices? What makes these cases especially fascinating is that both cases allege torture by a foreign company on foreign soil.
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