US Appeals court backs Chevron in Nigeria dispute

September 11, 2010 02:09

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld a jury verdict on Friday which cleared the Chevron Corp. of alleged human rights abuses during a violent 1998 protest on a company oil platform in Nigeria.

The 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court judge conducted the 2008 trial that resulted in the verdict without error and instructed jurors properly.Human rights activists had accused the Nigerian military of attacking protesters on orders from the oil company. The demonstration was over Chevron's alleged pollution of local fishing grounds and farms in the country's oil-rich Delta region.

Two demonstrators occupying the oil platform were killed.

The company denied involvement.

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