October 16, 2021

the Court of Cassation invalidates the annulment of the proceedings for “complicity in crimes against humanity”

The Lafarge group is suspected of having paid nearly 13 million euros to terrorist groups, including Daesh, and to intermediaries between 2013 and 2014, via a subsidiary, in order to maintain the activity of its cement plant in Syria while the country was at war.

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The Court of Cassation announced, Tuesday, September 7, that it invalidated the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal to annul the indictment of the cement manufacturer Lafarge for “complicity in crimes against humanity” in the investigation into its activities in Syria until 2014. The cancellation was decided in November 2019. It was contested by several complainants, including the NGO Sherpa.

The highest court of the judicial order also quashed the decision of the court of appeal to maintain the indictment of the group for “endangering the life of others”, and referred these two questions to the chamber of the instruction so that it decides again on it.

The Court of Cassation, on the other hand, confirmed the indictment of the cement manufacturer for “financing of terrorism”.

Lafarge is suspected of having paid nearly 13 million euros to terrorist groups, including Daesh, and to intermediaries between 2013 and 2014, via a subsidiary, in order to maintain the activity of its cement plant in Syria while the country was at war. These regular payments in force since 2012 were supposed to ensure the protection of the factory and its activity during the war in Syria.