The court is probing a case involving the firm’s Jalabiya plant, which operated in northern Syria between 2013 and 2014 when the territory was controlled by the Daesh* terrorist group. Lafarge is a French industrial company specializing in three major products: cement, construction aggregates, and concrete.
Lafarge is accused of financing the terrorist organization in Syria and also of crimes against humanity. The court has also charged the holding company with violating an embargo and endangering the lives of others, Reuters reported, citing judicial sources.
The probe was opened in 2017 by the Paris prosecutor’s office. The investigators were interested in conditions, under which the plant of the cement manufacturer was allowed to operate and freely moved its employers and goods on Daesh-controlled territory in Syria.According to reports, at the moment eight former and current executives of Lafarge, including former CEO Bruno Lafont were indicted.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.