Lafarge SA Charged with Financing Terrorist Organizations
A subsidiary of French company LafargeHolcim has been indicted on allegations of financing terrorist organizations in Syria.
According to Reuters and The New York Times, the Syrian subsidiary cement company allegedly paid off Syrian militants to keep production going. The Paris high court is investigating the Jalabiya plant in Northern Syria, which the company operated from 2011 to 2014.
In addition to financing, the company will also be investigated for contributing to crimes against humanity. The Islamic State is one of the militant groups mentioned in receiving funds from Lafarge SA. The parent company has already taken action against members of the subsidiary and will continue to look into the issue.
Holcim, a swiss company, merged with Lafarge in 2015 to become LafargeHolcim. Lafarge has over 100,000 employees worldwide. They operate a plant in Alpena.