Canadian court rules in Ecuadorian legal battle involving oil giant Chevron Both sides found positives in a Canadian court ruling issued Friday in a David and Goliath legal battle between oil giant Chevron and a group of Ecuadorian villagers.The villagers are using the Canadian courts to try to collect on a US$9.5-billion Ecuadorian court judgement for environmental damage.Chevron issued a news release Friday saying Ontario’s superior court has ruled the oil company’s Canadian arm isn’t a party to the Ecuadorian court decision.Chevron said the Ontario judgement concluded that Chevron Canada is a separate entity and says it’s confident any jurisdiction that examines the facts of the case will find the Ecuadorian judgment unenforceable.A spokeswoman for the villagers issued a counter statement saying the ruling gave the green light for the villagers to continue legal action against Chevron Corp. in a bid to seize billions in assets to enforce the court judgement. The villagers are now seeking roughly US$12-billion, factoring in interest.Karen Hinton’s statement minimized the setback with regards to Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary, predicting it would be “swiftly reversed” by an appeal court.“Ultimately, we are confident that Canada’s courts will hold Chevron fully accountable for its outrageous and criminal conduct in Ecuador,” said Hinton, who is based in the U.S.Some 30,000 villagers first turned to Ecuador’s justice system in 1993 alleging that Texaco, which is now owned by Chevron, dumped billions of litres of toxic oil-drilling waters into hundreds of open-air pits.Activists have contended the affected area sees, among other problems, the highest rates of childhood leukemia in the country — 130 per cent more frequent cancer deaths than elsewhere, and 150 per cent higher rates of miscarriages.Chevron has no assets in the South American country, so the villagers have turned to courts in several other countries in an effort to have the judgment enforced.Alan Lenczner argued in court previously that the notion that Chevron Corp. is separate from its Canadian arm was nonsense, saying Chevron Canada is a “cash cow” that sends billions to its controlling parent.Chevron has also derided the Ecuador court judgement contending it was the product of fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice. It said a U.S. court has already prohibited the Ecuadorian judgment from being enforced in the United States.Hinton’s statement countered Chevron’s fraud claims were debunked by Ecuador’s courts. A Chevron logo appears at a gas station in Miami on July 25, 2011. Both sides found positives in a Canadian court ruling issued Friday in a David and Goliath legal battle between oil giant Chevron and a group of Ecuadorian villagers.The villagers are using the Canadian courts to try to collect on a US$9.5-billion Ecuadorian court judgement for environmental damage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Lynne Sladky by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 20, 2017 8:33 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Detective Inspector Simon Pickford said: “One week on from this terrible crime, our officers will return to the scene on the evening of Monday, 9 April, as we continue our work to find those responsible for Tanesha’s murder. Police at the scene in Collier Row, Romford, east LondonCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed. A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”Local resident Angela Dorman told the BBC she was on her way to work when she saw a “large police cordon” and “lots of police sirens”.”Collier Row Road is usually very busy with traffic at this time of the morning,” she said. “Traffic was being diverted up Lodge Lane which I thought was unusual and just knew something was wrong.”As I got to the Esso garage I could see white tarpaulin covering something, there were also gloves and tissues lying on the ground. I could see one police officer standing on the garage’s concourse.” He said: “Is a life in my constituency worth less than a life elsewhere in our country? I have had four young people lose their lives since Christmas and not a single phone call or visit from the PM or Home Secretary. Where is the political consensus on a serious strategy? Enough is enough.” One of these young people was Tanesha Melbourne, 17, who was shot dead last week. Detectives are to return to the scene, one week after the drive-by killing.Police will visit the Chalgrove Road area of Tottenham, north London, between 8pm and 11pm on Monday to speak to locals and distribute leaflets.On April 2 officers were called to the scene of a shooting and found Tanesha Melbourne-Blake with a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at 10.43pm.At this early stage detectives believe that shots were fired from a vehicle into a group of people, hitting Tanesha, Scotland Yard said.They are working to establish the type of car involved and how many people were both in the vehicle and within the group who came under fire. BREAKING: #Romford: Reports of 2 people shot as police cordon off patrol station on Lowshoe Lane and Collier Row Road pic.twitter.com/BqzOuFpE8T— London 999 Feed (@999London) April 9, 2018 Romford’s Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell tweeted: “Shocking incident in Collier Row today, just relieved that no member of the public has been harmed. Thank you to the Police for protecting our community.”Crime in Havering is rising- Mayor Khan, you have a duty to allocate more resources to our borough!”Over 50 people have died as a result of violence in London so far this year, as ministers and MPs work to address the causes.Amber Rudd is due to launch a new violent crime strategy after criticism of the Government over police cuts.The move comes amid an escalating row over crime rates. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Rudd had argued that there wasn’t a link between the fall in police numbers and the rise in violent crime.Labour MP David Lammy, whose Tottenham constituency has seen multiple deaths since Christmas, has criticised the government response. Tanesha Melbourne was shot dead last week “I’m certain someone in the community has information that can assist us. Perhaps you are worried about contacting police to tell us know what you know. I can assure you your information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”To anyone who is concerned about any loyalties they have that they think means they cannot talk to police, I would ask you to think of Tanesha’s grief-stricken family and do the right thing by speaking to us.”A 30-year-old man who was arrested on Friday in the E9 area of London on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation. A man, believed to be in his 40s, has been shot dead by police in Romford.According to police reports, the unnamed man was making threats and claiming to be in possession of a firearm.The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “At approximately 03.50hrs on Monday, 9 April, police were called by a man making threats and claiming he was in possession of a firearm at an address in Collier Row.”Firearms officers attended the location and were informed the man had left the address, armed with a firearm.”At approximately 04:45hrs a man – believed to be aged in his 40s – was shot by police in the vicinity of Collier Row Road and Lodge Lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 05:17hrs.”Road closures remain in place around the scene.