Cement producer Lafarge charged with crimes against humanity

Cement producer Lafarge charged with crimes against humanity


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The Franco-Swiss cement conglomerate Lafarge faces the charge of financing terrorist activity and complicity in crimes against humanity.

A French judicial source told AP on Thursday that the company also faces charges for violating an EU embargo against Syria.

Eight former Lafarge officials have been charged with cooperating with ISIS in Syria between 2011 and 2014. That includes the company’s former CEO Bruno Laffont.

The company accepts that it used middlemen to pay ISIL approximately €13 million to guarantee safe passage for employees to a production and supply plant in Jalabiya, north Syria.

The company also accepts responsibility for endangering staff. The staff at the time was exclusively Syrian since the company had withdrawn international personnel in 2012.

In 2015 Lafarge merged with the Swiss company Holcim.

It remains a point of investigation whether Lafarge money financed the November 2015 Paris attack, French media report.

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