The French Supreme Court rejected a request to drop the charge of “complicity in… crimes against humanitydirected against the giant cement company Lafarge, and decided to continue the investigation.
The court upheld the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal on May 18, 2022, to agree to open an investigation against the French company Lafarge on the grounds of “complicity in crimes against humanity,” which was proven by documents that the Anatolia News Agency said it had obtained.
The Supreme Court stated in its decision that the investigation into accusations of “complicity in crimes against humanity and financing a terrorist organization” against the company’s executives will continue.
The agency’s documents prove that French intelligence and state institutions, despite their knowledge, did not send any warning to the company about its complicity in committing crimes against humanity through financing terrorism, as it was used State regulation Cement he bought from Lafarge in building fortifications and tunnels.
As part of the investigation opened against the company in June 2017, some senior managers, including Lafarge Chairman Bruno Lafont, were charged with “financing terrorism.”
In June 2018, charges of “complicity in crimes against humanity” were brought against the company, and were dropped in November 2019.
The civil parties, the anti-corruption NGO Sherpa and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, appealed the lawsuit again to the Supreme Court, objecting to the dismissal of the charge.
On September 7, 2021, Anatolia published documents that revealed French intelligence’s knowledge of supplying cement to ISIS by Lafarge, a matter that resonated widely around the world.
The US Department of Justice announced on October 18, 2022, that the French cement company Lafarge had pleaded guilty to the charge of providing material support to ISIS in Syria, and that the company had agreed to pay a fine of more than $777 million.