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.

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