French Cement Giant Lafarge Faces Legal Proceedings for Alleged Terrorist Financing in Syria


Cement Manufacturer Under Investigation for Alleged Terrorist Financing

French cement manufacturer Lafarge is facing legal proceedings due to its discontinued business in Syria and allegations of terrorist financing. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office has initiated an investigation into alleged acts between 2012 and 2014. Seven individuals from Lafarge’s management team and the security department at the time are expected to appear in court, as well as two Syrian middlemen. Despite the ongoing civil war, Lafarge operated a factory in northern Syria until 2014, paying millions of dollars to armed groups to maintain business. At that time, ISIS, smaller Islamist groups, and Kurdish groups were active in northern Syria. Investigations into allegations of crimes against humanity are continuing.

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