Lord Browne, the chief executive of BP, faces the humiliation of a courtroom questioning over the deaths of 15 workers and hundreds of injuries caused by the Texas City refinery explosion.

The UK oil group has fought to keep its chief executive out of the case, but a Houston appeals court ruled late on Friday that he must appear to answer plaintiffs’ questions.

The case is the first of more than 170 lodged by those who claim that they were injured in the March 2005 accident. BP has settled with the families of all those killed.

Sir John is said to be “angered at the decision,” at being forced to appear. I bet he is not as angry as the relatives of those who died though…..