French cement manufacturer Lafarge is threatened with legal proceedings due to his discontinued business in Syria and suspicion of terrorist financing. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office is initiating the process concerning alleged acts between 2012 and 2014. Seven people from Lafarge’s management team and the security department at the time are expected to appear in court, as well as two Syrian middlemen. Investigations into allegations of crimes against humanity are continuing.
Despite the civil war, the cement manufacturer operated a factory in northern Syria until 2014. The local company paid millions of dollars in funds to armed groups to maintain business. At that time, the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia, smaller Islamist groups, and Kurdish groups were active in northern Syria.