Episode 1 : How it all started

In the first episode of the Lundin War Crimes Trial podcast, we meet two experts who take us back to the origins of the case. What was the connection between oil and the war in Sudan? How did Lundin’s search for oil affect the people who lived in its concession area? And how did the …

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Mediation of human rights complaints against Aker companies not successful

The mediation of human rights complaints about AkerBP’s merger with Lundin Energy has not been successful. Three South Sudanese and five European organizations had submitted complaints in May 2022 that AkerBP and Aker ASA had breached the OECD Guidelines, the Norwegian Governments standard for responsible business conduct. They argued that the Aker companies had not …

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The significance of the Lundin trial

The Lundin trial stands out for its importance for hundreds of thousands of survivors of war crimes in South Sudan. Never before has anybody been brought to justice for his role in these crimes, that were routinely committed by all parties to Sudan’s civil war. The hearings will be closely followed in South Sudan. Also, …

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Lundin no longer investigated for obstruction of justice

Prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand has closed the criminal investigation into alleged bribery, harassment and threats to court witnesses by Ian Lundin, Alex Schneiter and representatives of Lundin Energy.[1] He affirmed that there had been powerful effort to unduly influence witnesses in their interest, but that it cannot be ruled out that others wanted to make them …

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Norwegian NCP will consider complaints against AkerBP and Aker

The National Contact Point for Responsible Business Norway (NCP) admitted the complaints against Norwegian oil company Aker BP and its largest shareholder Aker that were brought by 8 South Sudanese and European organizations. They argue that Aker BP’s merger with Lundin Energy’s oil and gas business breached the human rights clauses of the OECD Guidelines for …

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Response to the follow-up questions from the Norwegian National Contact Point of 1 August 2022, followed by reflections on the joint response by Aker BP and Aker ASA to the NCP that may be relevant for the initial assessment

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises P.O. Box 8114 Dep, NO-0032 Oslo, Norway oecdncp@mfa Complainants notice that Aker BP and Aker ASA’s joint response to NCP of 24 June offers ample space for successful dialogue and mediation. The two companies show competence and willingness to consider the concerns of the Complainants as well as commitment to …

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Lundin Trial will start on September 5th

On January 11, the Stockholm District Court decided that the trial should begin in September this year. Two days later the court rejected the prosecutor’s petition to hold more pre-trial hearings. Meanwhile the defence filed several complaints arguing that the indictment is too vague.  The Stockholm District Court decided on 11 January that the trial against Ian …

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Prosecutor’s specification of the description of the crimes

On 9 November 2022, the Stockholm District Court ordered the Prosecutor to specify the description of crimes in the indictment that was issued on 11 November 2021. As requested by the court Henrik Attorps, the public Prosecutor, included one document setting out the defendants’ role within the company and how these contributed to the war …

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