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MOSOP on Dutch-Nigerian Activist Terrorist Charge

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP says it is treating the case of Mr. Sunny Ofehe in The Netherlands with the basic principle of law that an accused remains innocent, until proven guilty.

In an online statement, MOSOP President /Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo 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.

Dr. Diigbo said although he had not met Mr. Ofehe in person, he has read about him online, but that MOSOP as a responsible organization withholds any judgment on the matter and will keep track of the proceedings to the end. 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.

In reaction to inquiries as to whether Shell was behind the case, Dr. Diigbo 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.

Instead to jump 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, Diigbo remarked.



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