Case LafargeHolcim : Michel Sapin demand convictions

The minister of Economy and Finance, MIchel Sapin, said that the leaders of the group LafargeHolcim should be “condemned” to the result of the case of financing of the group islamic State, in Syria.
The minister of Economy and Finance, Michel Sapin, said on 25 April, on the channel Cnews, that the leaders of LafargeHolcim, respondent to have indirectly funded armed islamist groups in Syria had to be “condemned”. The output which comes a day after the announcement of the resignation of Eric Olsen, ceo of the group.


“Any funding of this nature must be prosecuted and their leaders, what they are, doomed”, said the minister. “If my administration has brought before the justice, it is because this is not sustainable, even if locally it must be hard for those who have the responsibility of a cement plant in a world as violent”, he stressed. LafargeHolcim is the subject of a criminal investigation in October after a complaint of Bercy.


For LafargeHolcim, the management was not aware of the facts complained of


The NGO Sherpa, who filed a complaint against LafargeHolcim for terrorist financing, has estimated that the departure of Eric Olsen was “a significant first step” the company “towards the recognition of its responsibility”. “It is good that the parent company, which was at the origin of decisions taken and the actions committed by the subsidiary syrian violation of human rights”, added the NGO. An assertion refuted by LafargeHolcim, for which Eric Olsen was not informed about these practices.


As a reminder, the cement has instigated an internal investigation, after which it was recognized that measures “unacceptable” had been taken to allow a site to continue to operate in this country torn by the civil war. According to a survey by the newspaper The World published in June 2016, Lafarge had appointed an intermediary to achieve the organization’s jihadist islamic State a pass for its employees through checkpoints.

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