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Alleged Shell Irish Bribes Scandal


“…Shell funded alcohol was allegedly distributed to the Police, a gift not conducive to the well-being, safety and demeanor of police officers. The booze was allegedly delivered to senior on duty officers, with delivery being made at Police premises in one instance.”: “Some of the wording on the purported invoice seems strangely reminiscent of the prohibition era in the USA. Somebody trying to conceal the illicit transportation of alcohol.”

EMAIL DATED 15 April 2013 FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO LINDA SZYMANSKI, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC CHIEF ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE OFFICER.

Dear Linda Szymanski

I sent emails to you on 28 March 2013 and 29 March 2013 (also copied to Michiel Brandjes) concerning allegations made by a former Shell supplier OSSL, that Shell E&P Ireland has engaged in widespread corruption of the Irish Police force. According to OSSL and the related purported invoice dated 28 August 2012, Shell funded alcohol was allegedly distributed to the Police, a gift not conducive to the well-being, safety and demeanor of police officers. The booze was allegedly delivered to senior on duty officers, with delivery being made at Police premises in one instance.

Some of the wording on the purported invoice seems strangely reminiscent of the prohibition era in the USA. Somebody trying to conceal the illicit transportation of alcohol.

EARLIER EMAILS

I first notified Mr Brandjes of these allegations on 10 September 2012 (also copied to Brian Foley at Shell E&P Ireland).

I sent a related email on 18 September 2012 to Julia Busby, head of Shell Legal, Shell E&P Ireland (also copied to Michiel Brandjes and Royal Dutch Shell PLC Chief Executive Peter Voser).

On 11 November 2012, I sent an email to Michiel Brandjes headed: ” SHELL ALCOHOL FOR CORRIB POLICEMEN

I have also published and supplied to Shell, numerous related emails allegedly sent to Shell by OSSL.

Neither you or any of your colleagues have replied to any of my emails on this subject.

Mr Brandjes did send me a copy of an email he sent to former Shell official Mr. Bill Campbell on another matter (the screw-up in the Arctic).

But this subject remains absolutely taboo.

The same deafening silence seems to apply to police officers identified on the purported invoice dated 28 August 2012.

No accusations that the invoice is not authentic and the allegations false. No threats of litigation. No denials. Nothing.

When the stakes are so high – an alleged corruption scandal involving hundreds of Irish police officers – how long can that situation hold?

It is alleged by OSSL that there are other beneficiaries of Shell’s generosity.

How will it reflect on you Linda, bearing in mind your job title, if you fail to act?

Yours sincerely

John Donovan

PS. As you are probably aware, I have  brought this matter to the attention of the Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter TD.  I did at least receive the courtesy of an acknowledgement.

COMMENT POSTED ON SHELL BLOG BY “GEORGE HAMILTON”

Police alcohol . John you will hear no denials because the details you have are exactly correct the garda locally and nationally are disgusted by Shells handling of this matter they feel for the people caught in the middle but can’t afford to speak

COMMENT FROM A SHELL RELATED SOURCE

John

I don’t have any particular knowledge in the area, but it would seem to me that the UK Bribery Act, and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd-Frank amendment (FCPA) would apply to the Irish saga.

In both cases there are channels through which whistle blower reports can be submitted. In the case of the FCPA the rewards for whistleblowers are very large.

There is a five year statute of limitations: perhaps Shell is relying on this to save them?

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

Mystery surrounding OSSL alleged Shell Corruption Scandal


Mystery surrounding OSSL alleged Shell Corruption Scandal

By John Donovan

We have received a copy of an email allegedly sent today to Brian Foley, who according to OSSL, has been the senior Shell contracts manager on the Corrib Gas project for the last ten years. The email was also allegedly copied to Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO Peter Voser and Michael Crothers, the CEO of Shell E&P Ireland.

The email repeats the claim that Shell sent Corrib auditors KPMG to OSSL offices warning “about imprisonment if we disclosed the police alcohol matter.”

OSSL alleges that it played a “Mr Fixit” role for Shell distributing gifts/bribes to ease the progress of the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

I have republished below a related purported OSSL invoice that we first published on 28 March 2013.

If any of the various parties named on the purported invoice, including senior Irish police officers, are prepared to go on the record stating that the invoice is fake, we will publish that information and cease covering this story until an investigation has taken place.

OSSL alleges that hundreds of Irish police officers were the beneficiaries of Shell’s alleged corruption – a generous supply of free alcohol.

Environmental campaigners who have protested against the Corrib project have long alleged that the Irish police have acted as an off-shoot of Shell security.

HENCE THE OSSL ALLEGATIONS ARE VERY SERIOUS.

The Irish government is aware of this alleged scandal. The Irish police is aware of the allegations. Many Shell employees, managers, officials and executive directors are said to be involved in or have knowledge of the alleged scandal and/or associated alleged cover-up. KPMG must be aware of their alleged role.

I am not aware of any denial issued by any of these parties regarding the authenticity of the alcohol invoice.

How hard can it be to establish whether the all-important invoice displayed below is a fake or authentic?

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

Shell corruption scheme operated in Ireland on an industrial scale?


“OSSL management seems to be so disgusted by Shell management that they appear set on a self-destruct mission. The two main possibilities appear to be that they are either responsible for manufacturing forged documents as part of an attempt to put pressure on Shell, or have been drawn by Shell into a corruption conspiracy/scheme operated in Ireland on an industrial scale.”

JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL TO PRIVATE SECRETARY OF IRISH JUSTICE MINISTER, MR ALAN SHATTER

From: John Donovan <john@shellnews.net>

Subject: Re: Alleged Corruption of Irish Police Force

Date: 6 April 2013 16:38:12 GMT+01:00

To: INFO <info@justice.ie>

Dear Mr Brennan

I do apologise for sending this further email but OSSL contacted me again this morning. As a result I have supplied three additional items of purported evidence that I have not seen before, that should be brought to the attention of Mr. Alan Shatter, the Minister for Justice and Equality.

1. A copy of  a purported testimonial letter about OSSL dated 8 August 2012 purportedly from Mr. Michiel Crothers, Managing Director of Shell E&P Ireland Limited.

2. A copy of a purported letter marked “Strictly Private & Confidential” dated 28 February 2011 from The OSSL Company to Garda Superintendent Mr. John Gilligan. The author was purportedly Mr. Desmond Kane. The letter, if authentic, discussed the purchase and delivery of festive gifts to the Garda and claims that the gifts were purchased by OSSL on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland. According to the purported letter: “At Shell’s insistence these gifts came with a high degree of confidentiality, which we have adhered to until this very day.”

3. A purported letter dated 5 May 2011 to Mr. Kane at The OSSL Company from Superintendent John Gilligan, which may be in response to the above OSSL letter.

I pointed out yesterday that although the allegations appear to be outlandish (and may be unfounded), Shell has a track record of giving improper gifts, including alcohol, to federal employees. I supplied the relevant official investigation report by The Office of The inspector General of the US Department of the Interior.

I now recall other corruption scandals involving Royal Dutch Shell.

The first is, in one respect, even closer in nature to the current allegations, in so far as Shell using a sub-contractor to bribe government officials of a host country – in this example, Nigeria.

Shell to pay $48m Nigerian bribe fine: Daily Telegraph 4 November 2010

Extract

These companies, including Shell, admitted they “approved of or condoned the payment of bribes on their behalf in Nigeria and falsely recorded the bribe payments made on their behalf as legitimate business expenses in their corporate books, records and accounts”.

SHELL IN BRIBERY FINE: Daily Express 6 November 2010

Extract

Shell must pay a $30million “criminal penalty” over charges it paid $2million to a sub-contractor “with the knowledge that some or all of the money” would be used to bribe Nigerian officials to allow equipment into the country without paying duty. Shell, which has not admitted guilt, must pay a further $18million to repay profits and interests.

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Cease and Desist Order: Shell Corruption in Nigeria

Royal Dutch Shell fulfilled a money-laundering role in the Al-Yamamah “oil for arm” corruption scandal that was being investigated by the UK Serious Fraud Office until Prime Minister Tony Blair stepped in and terminated the investigation on spurious grounds of national security.

Executive Intelligence Review: Scandal of the Century Rocks British Crown and the City: June 22, 2007

The al-Yamamah deal: The Guardian: 7 June 2007

BAE lands arms deal for a new generation: The Telegraph: 19 August 2006

BAE rejects calls for fresh Saudi investigation: The Telegraph 3 February 2013

Shell’s involvement in the cited corruption scandals obviously does not mean that it is guilty of the allegations made by OSSL.

It does however mean that Shell has prior form.

The new alleged evidence can be viewed here (See Below)

OSSL management seems to be so disgusted by Shell management that they appear set on a self-destruct mission. The two main possibilities appear to be that they are either responsible for manufacturing forged documents as part of an attempt to put pressure on Shell, or have been drawn by Shell into a corruption conspiracy/scheme operated in Ireland on an industrial scale.

Shell’s partners in the Corrib Gas Project must be concerned that the lead partner, Shell, has allowed this matter to drag on.

Yours sincerely

John Donovan

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

ALLEGED CORRUPTION OF THE IRISH POLICE BY SHELL


OSSL seems to have been used as a “Mr Fixit” for SEPIL, allegedly facilitating the distribution of improper gifts to various parties, including the Garda, who rightly or wrongly, have been accused of acting as an offshoot of Shell security in policing protests against the project. It was also alleged that related invoices were falsified on Shell’s instructions.

Dear Mr Shatter TD

I am contacting you in your capacity as the Irish Government Minister responsible for Justice.

I operate an independent, entirely non commercial website – royaldutchshellplc.com – that monitors the activities of Royal Dutch Shell.

We have many contacts inside Shell and regularly publish Shell internal information supplied by whistleblowers, including employees working on the controversial Corrib gas project. We established that the Shell Corib emails supplied to us for publication were authentic.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, I was in correspondence with various Garda officers, including on one occasion, Chief Superintendent M.B. Mangan, Personal Assistant to the Garda Commissioner and subsequently with Superintendent Patrick Diskin and others. The correspondence was in connection with alleged death threats made against the Corrib gas project whistleblowers. I did all I could to assist in the investigation.

More recently, in September of last year, I was contacted by a company called OSSL, which apparently for several years, supplied services to Shell E&P Ireland (SEPIR) in relation to the Corrib gas project.

OSSL seems to have been used as a “Mr Fixit” for SEPIL, allegedly facilitating the distribution of improper gifts to various parties, including the Garda, who rightly or wrongly, have been accused of acting as an offshoot of Shell security in policing protests against the project. It was also alleged that related invoices were falsified on Shell’s instructions.

We took the matter up directly with Shell at the outset giving them the opportunity to comment on, or deny the allegations, but received no response.

We did satisfy ourselves that a related leaked email to Shell dated 23 August 2012 was genuine and published it along with a related article.

Irish Supplier Accuses Shell of Bribery, Cover-up and Sinister Threats

The OSSL allegations have continued in subsequent months and in recent days we have published the following articles, which includes a purported invoice to SEPIL dated 24 August 2012 for over €35,000 worth of alcohol allegedly involving “upwards of 300 cops.”

Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force

OSSL, SHELL AND ALLEGED CORRUPTION

Following the publication of the most recent articles, I received on 30 March an email from a long-standing contact in Ireland. This person has far more  knowledge and experience than me in relation to SEPIL and the Garda. The email contained this rather chilling paragraph.

“I personally don’t know any of the OSSL people (I knew Desmond Kane, the owner of the business name by sight but that was all) but I wonder if they are fully aware of the potentially deadly danger they face in persisting with this and, to that effect, have they adequate protection in place as regards spreading copies of their evidence to different places and ensuring that the original documentation is lodged in a VERY safe location or locations.”

I have passed this concern on to OSSL and have made it clear  that it comes from a source sympathetic to the plight of OSSL.

Being a small company carrying out the instructions of Shell, OSSL must have thought what they were being asked to do by Shell was perfectly legal, bearing in mind that Shell has an in-house army of several hundred lawyers to ensure Shell operates strictly within the law. OSSL probably thought that they could safely rely on Shell.

It is only recently that, according to OSSL, Shell’s accountants in Dublin have notified them that the activities undertaken for Shell may have been criminal.

If authentic, the content of the invoice dated 24 August 2012 raises a number of issues.

1. Was the alcohol listed therein distributed as corrupt gifts to the Garda?

2. Are there cross-border smuggling and VAT issues involved?

3. Did Shell take advantage of the naivety of a small company?

Since the corruption allegations have been on the public record for several months, I am astonished that the Irish authorities apparently have not yet become involved in establishing whether there is an enormous corruption scandal surrounding the Corrib gas project, or alternatively, that a small company, for some unknown reason, is making wild unfounded allegations, possibly supported by fake documentation.

I have copied this email to Lorna Siggins at The Irish Times so that she is aware of this matter.

As a matter of courtesy, I have also sent a copy to Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate, Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Kind regards

John Donovan

Tagged: Corrib Gas Project · Corruption · Gas · John Donovan · Royal Dutch Shell Plc

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force


OSSL claim that their company was a supplier to Shell in respect of the Corrib Gas Project. They allege that acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed bribes on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the project, including the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of serious accusations of wrong doing by environmental activists protesting against the project. The main accusation being that the Garda has acted as an offshoot of Shell security.

SELF-EXPLANATORY EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO LINDA SZYMANSKI, CHIEF ETHICS & COMPLIANCE OFFICER, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC

From: John Donovan <john@shellnews.net>

Subject: OSSL Ireland

Date: 28 March 2013 13:42:04 GMT

To: Linda.Szymanski@shell.com

Cc: michiel.brandjes@shell.com

Dear Ms Szymanski

I am writing to you in your capacity as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Dutch Plc.

In case you are not already aware, I want to formally bring to your attention allegations made by an Irish company OSSL against Shell EP Ireland.

OSSL claim that their company was a supplier to Shell in respect of the Corrib Gas Project.

They allege that acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed bribes on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the project, including the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of serious accusations of wrong doing by environmental activists protesting against the project. The main accusation being that the Garda has acted as an offshoot of Shell security.

OSSL allege that invoices have been falsified on Shell’s instructions to cover-up what has been going on.

This week, OSSL has provided what they claim is an authentic invoice to Shell dated 24 August 2012 amounting to over €35,000 for alcohol allegedly given as a corrupt payment to the Garda. Senior Garda officers are named on the invoice.

I am astonished that such allegations are continuing to be made.

Has Shell Global Security investigated?

Has the Garda investigated. If not, why not?

Something criminal seems to be going on. It remains to be seen where the criminality lies.

A copy of the purported invoice is attached.

If Shell advises that the invoice is a forgery, then we will publish nothing further supplied to us by OSSL.

Unless Shell does report this matter to the Irish police, many people may assume that OSSL is telling the truth.

Regards

John Donovan

via Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force | Royal Dutch Shell plc .com.

via Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force | Royal Dutch Shell plc .com.

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