European prosecutors take over Belgian probe into Pfizergate

Top European prosecutors are investigating allegations of criminal wrongdoing such as “interference in public functions, destruction of SMS, corruption and conflict of interest” in connection with vaccine negotiations between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the CEO of Pfizer.

Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee given five-year jail sentence for bribery | South Korea’s presidential scandal | Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Heir, Is Arrested on Bribery Charges

Head of South Korea’s Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was sentenced to five years in jail for bribery, hiding assets abroad, embezzlement, concealing criminal proceeds and perjury. Lee was convicted over payments of 43bn won ($36.4m; £30.3m) made to South Korean’s former president’s confidante’s foundations, as well as for giving a horse and several million dollars to assist the equestrian career of her daughter, in anticipation of favours and government support over Samsung’s major merger restructuring.



WWF attacks Shell over Sakhalin

Impact assessment report suggests Shell downplayed environmental risks of Shakhalin II project, including possibility of Grey Whale extinction and destruction of salmon spawning areas.

Shell comes under fire for role in Sakhalin audit

US government releases emails of Shell officials downplaying the significance of Russian environmental audit of Shakhalin II energy project by persuading the Atomic Energy Authority to disperse the findings through the report to receive vital bank funding. The project’s environmental projection is dire; 1.6m tonnes of carbon dioxide; threat to endangered species and other wildlife.


Secret papers ‘show how Shell targeted Nigeria oil protests’

Confidential internal documents reveal that Shell provided logistical support to Nigerian police and military, aided security sweeps, and enlisted the assistance of Nigeria’s brutal military government to deal with protesters fueling death and violence.

Shell climate crimes exposed in new report

Shell accused of lobbying in Brussels against improvements on EU’s Emission Trading System, and threatened to move refineries out of Europe, if made to pay for emissions. Internal documents also reveal Shell’s knowledge of the environmental severity of gas flaring practices, but chose not to stop their use.