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MOSOP Keeping Tap On Trial of Nigerian Activist in Dutch

Published: Thu 8 Sep 2011 03:00 PM
We're Keeping Tap On Trial of Nigerian Activist in Dutch--MOSOP
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has said that the kinsmen and women of the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, are treating the case of the Nigerian activist, Mr. Sunny Ofehe, in The Netherlands with the basic principle of law that an accused remains innocent, until proven guilty.
MOSOP President, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo, in an online statement to AkanimoReports on Tuesday said the responsibility in the dispensation of justice does not end with the accused, but that the prosecutor has obligation to discharge its duty in a transparent manner that will protect the sanctity of the Dutch Law and the diplomatic respect that The Netherlands enjoys as an openly democratic society and the host of several important international institutions, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Diigbo said although he had not met Mr. Ofehe in person, he has read about him online. “MOSOP as a responsible organization withholds any judgment on the matter and will keep track of the proceedings to the end”.
According to him, “the other side of this case is that MOSOP will in the future explore how the Dutch Law can provide justice for the Ogoni people”. But on whether Shell was behind the case, the Ogoni leader said that MOSOP has not established any direct link, but that “the charges clearly link it with oil pipelines in Nigeria, where Shell has operated for decades. It is not known to MOSOP at the moment whether or not the charges have any direct connection with the pressure being put on Shell by the recent United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Ogoniland Assessment Report, 2011”.
The Ogoni group said instead of jumping to all kinds of conclusion, “individuals and groups interested in the Ofehe case should not only show serious concern by issuing statements, but to demonstrate support and active diligence in the pursuit of the truth and to ensure that justice prevails at the end.”
ENDS

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