A Dutch court has thrown out a suit against Shell brought by four widows of activists who were executed by late Nigerian military leader Sani Abacha in 1995 saying there was not enough evidence to support the widows’ claim that Shell had been involved in bribing witnesses related to the case. Al Jazeera reports that the men executed, including the writer and environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa, were among a group that became known as the “Ogoni Nine”, who were arrested and hanged after a trial that turned international opinion against Nigeria’s then-military rulers and made the country a pariah.
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