Italy judge to rule on Eni, Shell indictment over OPL 245 on Dec. 20

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An Italian judge is expected to decide on December 20 whether to send oil majors Eni and Shell to trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria, Reuters reports.

Milan prosecutors have asked for the two companies and some past and present managers, including current Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, to be indicted in a case revolving around the purchase of a Nigerian oilfield in 2011.

A judge must now rule whether to press charges or dismiss the case. The Italian inquiry is one of several under way into the acquisition of the OPL-245 field for about $1.3 billion, including current cases in the Netherlands and Nigeria.