Cement firm Lafarge indicted over complicity in Syria crimes 

The Franco-Swiss cement giant LafargeHolcim on Thursday said its French predecessor company Lafarge SA has been put under formal investigation into allegations it funded armed militant groups in Syria to keep a plant open. The Lafarge cement company, which merged with Switzerland’s Holcim in 2015, was indicted on Thursday for “complicity” in crimes against humanity. The firm is accused of having financed jihadists in Syria, including the Islamic State group, which has directed and inspired multiple deadly attacks in Europe. The indictment concerns the plants of a Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS), located in Jalabiya in the north of the war-torn nation, according to a LafargeHolcim statement issued on Thursday. Lafarge SA is the majority shareholder in the Syrian subsidiary of LCS. A panel of three judges is overseeing the investigation into accusations of “financing a terrorist enterprise” and “endangering the lives” of former employees. The indictment decision is in line with ...

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