Shell won a court fight to Government

The controversial Secretary of domestic trade was a new setback in the long and changing legal fight which has maintained since 2005 against the authorities of the oil company Shell.

The federal judge, Daniel Petrone, carried out by the criminal economic No. 2 Court, ordered the dismissal of the local Chairman of Shell, Juan Jose Aranguren, in a cause that had initiated you Moreno in 2007 by the alleged shortage of fuel.

The judge held that “no has been set the crime of shortages because there in the reported period was missing naphtha”, as had been raised by the Secretary of Commerce.

The criminal action which promoted Moreno four years ago was part of one the many attacks that Government launched against Shell by the gains that it had implemented in the domestic fuel prices.

Along with the demand that was now dismissed at first instance, the Government also applied to the Shell numerous fines which were rejected by the company and who are still waiting for a final decision of the justice.

According to the judge Petrone, in the period from June to September 2007, the Shell company “not affected the legal right protected by the law of supply”.

The decision ruled out that there has been “a situation of missing important in most of the stations of service, in several cases that the absence of a product had substitute”. For the judge, the researched fact not belonged in a legal figure and therefore leave free of suspicion to the holder of the Shell.

The first round of confrontation between Kirchner and Shell management took place in early 2005, when the company reflected an adjustment in the prices of suppliers which displeased the Government. The official reaction was called for a boycott against the company promoted by former President Néstor Kirchner.

After you escraches them main Shell stations that were featured on the hosts of the piquetero official Luis D’Elía, the owner of the oil came out to confront the Government and challenged each of the fines in justice.

The last two short circuits between the Government and Shell were recorded in August of 2010 and less than a month ago, by the gasoline and diesel prices increases that were not accepted by the officials.