Skip to comments.British ExxonMobil oil chief 'assassinated' in Brussels street
Posted on 10/25/2012 6:42:14 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
A British executive for ExxonMobil has been shot dead in an assassination-style killing in Brussels.
Belgian police imposed a news blackout after Nicholas Mockford, 60, was shot as he left an Italian restaurant in Neder-over-Heembeek, a suburb of the capital.
The executive was shot three times, once as he lay on the ground, after leaving the Da Marcello restaurant in Rue de Beyseghem at around 10pm on Oct 14.
His wife, Mary, was left beaten and covered in blood. Mr Mockford died on the way to hospital.
Witnesses said they saw the couple walk across the street to their car, a silver Lexus 4x4, before shots were fired.
The attack happened very quickly and Mrs Mockford was left cradling her husband in the street, shouting for help. According to reports, two men were seen running away carrying a motorcycle helmet.
The Belgian prosecutor's office said last night that there was a "judicial instruction" from Martine Quintin, the investigating judge, that meant they could give no "explanation" and no detail about the killing.
Mr Mockford had worked for the company since the 1970s, and was the head of marketing for interim technologies for ExxonMobil Chemicals, Europe, promoting new types of greener fuel.
One family member told The Daily Telegraph he believed Mr Mockford had been killed in a professional hit.
The relation, who asked not to be named, said: "We are all confused about what has happened. Nick was a genuinely lovely, clean-cut, mild mannered, family man.
"I don't think he would put up a fight or argue with someone trying to steal his company car.
"He was shot so calmly and so quickly, it smacks horribly of a professional hit, but we can't fathom why. He isn't the type to cave in to blackmail and it just doesn't compute."
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
next in line couldn’t wait ?
next in line couldn’t wait ?
Wonder if these killers were also pissed about “the video”.
Not a robbery gone bad. Hence a hate crime.
I bet the Russians did it.
Scary stuff, especially when the government there covers it up for almost 2 weeks. Why? It was a PUBLIC assassination.
New types of Greener fuel
Time to google “Baader Meinhoff” and “Red Brigades” from the 1960s and 1970s.
Red Army Faction comes up on wiki.
OWS, Weather Underground, etc.
With “austerity” in the air in Europe, I can see rising sentiment for total revolution, by the takers.
What better target than an executive of an evil multinational oil concern?
This gives more credibility that the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was no accident but planned.
A British executive of Exxon Mobil is gunned down in Belgium and that connects with a BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico 2 1/2 years prior how...???
BATFE has served warrants in the case in Florida.
The two countries are working together on curbing illegal firearms.
Now, what does all that mean??
Odd about the wife. He was shot but she was beaten? The perps got that close to them? Was it a close-range shooting? (we don’t know because of the gag order, I realize)
Question the waiter. Did he leave a lousy tip?
This sounds like the kind of hit that could be only pulled off by a corporation or a government. They needed to know where he ate, at when, and what he looked like.
He was killed with two shots to the head, which is almost textbook for a hit, and the two guys used a motorcycle to escape, which is the preferred vehicle for that sort of thing.
Let me try one more time. A British executive for Exxon Mobil is gunned down in Belgium and this supports the notion that the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico 2 1/2 yers earlier was planned and no accident.
If it was EW's, I would think they would do the equivalent of blood on fur.
This post will drift from topic a little, but I found this interesting...
I recalled that some of the papers that were missing from the consulate? annex? contained the names of people working with us and some oil contracts or something oil related.
Anyhow, I started searching this man in relation to Libya and I stumbled upon this article and found it interesting, even if it isn’t connected to this story.
Leaked Gaddafi-era documents expose the need for urgent oil reforms
When asked to comment, long-time Libyan anti-corruption activist Abdelhamid El Jadi said that these documents reinforced his own findings into Gaddafis extensive history of mismanagement of the oil sector and his knowledge of shoddy practices within the NOC. El Jadi also praised one of the Reports contributors, Najwa El Beshti, a former head of oil contracts at the NOC, who faced an assassination attempt and numerous threats as a result of her work to report mismanagement in the sector.
Beyond the need for reforms of Libyas oil sector, it is hard to think of a more obvious contemporary example than Libya to demonstrate the need for new international standards of transparency and accountability for the extractive industries, said Carini. Unfortunately the international push to require such transparency, both through the Dodd-Frank Act in the United States and a parallel effort currently being formulated in Europe, is being seriously undermined through the actions of the international oil industry, which appears keen to sustain an opaque environment within which to operate, he concluded.
(Source: Global Witness)
Okay, I’m back to digging. :)
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