The company Lafarge is convened on June 5, as a legal person for the purposes of the review in the context of the case of suspected terrorist financing in Syria in which eight of its executives are already sued, it was learnt on Thursday from the lawyer of the NGO Sherpa.
“The issue is whether the review will be extended to complicity in crimes against humanity, such as the application Sherpa,” said Mary Dosed to Reuters.
Sherpa and the european Centre for constitutional rights, and human (ECCHR) are at the origin of the opening in Paris of a judicial information.
Eight former managers and executives of Lafarge, including its ex-CEO, Bruno Lafont, have already been indicted for funding terrorism and endangering the lives of others.
The justice investigation into the conditions in which the cement French, absorbed in 2015, by the swiss Holcim to form the giant LafargeHolcim, has kept in operation its plant Jalabiya in 2013-2014 in a region of northern Syria under the control of the group islamic State (EI).
She is especially interested in the payments made by Lafarge, through intermediaries, to armed organizations, including the AR, to enable the operation of the plant, the movement of workers and goods.
She is also interested in the possible purchase of raw materials to intermediate ones of these groups.
For the two NGOS, the cement is guilty of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity in now on up its activity at the expense of the safety of its employees and “by financing the EI to the tune of several million euros”.
“The Lafarge company and its leaders could not ignore the fact that they contributed to the crimes against humanity committed by the EI in Syria (…) but also in the rest of the world”, felt, and Sherpa, and the ECCHR on may 15, in a press release.
For these two NGOS, the assumption that these funds could also be used to finance terrorist attacks in Europe, including those of the November 13, 2015 in Paris, and on 22 march 2016 in Brussels, in particular, can not be ruled out.