The trial

Ian H. Lundin and Alexander Schneiter are the Chairman and former CEO of Lundin Energy, a Swedish oil company with significant operations in Norway. They are charged in Sweden under universal jurisdiction for aiding and abetting international crimes in Sudan/South Sudan between 1997-2003. The prosecutor will also seek forfeiture of €300 million in criminal benefits from Lundin Energy itself. Two other oil companies, Petronas and OMV, are directly linked to the case as were Lundin’s partners in its allegedly criminal enterprise. The trial is of importance to hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan who experienced the investigated gross violations and have been denied their right to remedy and reparation. The case has the potential to sharpen the standards regarding corporate liability for aiding and abetting human rights abuses.

E10: The Defense Tactics

The Defense Tactics The defense has finished their presentations in court, and we all wonder: what is their strategy, and did they present any striking new evidence to prove their clients’ innocence?  In this episode, we delve into the courtroom tactics used by the defense team, examining their key arguments and how they aim to …

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Pek in nhiam: Ɛ luk tuɔkɛ

Pek in nhiam: Ɛ luk tuɔkɛ We are happy to announce the launch of the first episode of our program in Nuer, the local language spoken in Unity state in the area where Block 5A was located and where the alleged crimes were committed. Please spread the word and make sure it reaches people who …

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E9: The OMV Case and Rethinking CSR

Around the world, there are more and more cases involving companies’ complicity in human rights abuses. In the Sudan operation, Lundin cooperated with two companies: Petronas of Malaysia and OMV from Austria. An Austrian NGO has just filed a complaint against OMV, accusing them of crimes in South Sudan together with Lundin. Much of the …

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E8: Was the World Silent?

The defense is arguing that Lundins business in Sudan was accepted by the international community. The UN did not intervene, nor did the EU. Is that true? Was the world silent?  We decided to take a closer look at who spoke out to stop the atrocities and who kept quiet. We also discuss how the …

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E7: Is the System Broken?

There are a number of international binding and non-binding conventions put in place to protect victims of war crimes, but to what extent is the international community living up to its obligations? In this episode, we discuss how the legal system is failing victims and how to fix it. You will also get the latest …

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E6: The Victims Left with Nothing

January 8, 2024 There have been major developments in the trial against the accused Ian Lundin, Alex Schneiter and the company Orrön Energy (previously known as Lundin Oil, Lundin Petroleum or Lundin Energy. On November 22, 2023, the court decided to separate the South Sudanese plaintiff’s claims for compensation from the war crimes trial. Instead, …

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E5: It’s a Family Affair

Who are the men behind the Lundin oil consortium-  and what happened with the profit from the oil endeavors in Sudan?  The Lundin family business has been handed over to the third generation as the company is trying to rebrand itself, focusing on green energy. How will a conviction affect them and how do they …

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The prosecutor’s case

Since September 5th, the prosecutors have guided the court through a whopping 80.000 pages of written evidence. Strictly following the structure of indictment, they have made a painstaking effort to demonstrate that the Sudanese Government’s method of warfare included systematic war crimes and that Ian Lundin and Alexandre Schneiter were aware of this, but nevertheless …

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E4: How to Build a Case

The trial moves on, and piece by piece, the prosecutors are building their case. Internal reports, security logs, meetings between the company and representatives from the Sudanese government, as well as reports from human rights organizations, are being used as pieces in the prosecutor’s big puzzle. To help us navigate through all the different reports, …

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