Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lafarge says being searched over Syria business links

Lafarge says being searched over Syria business links
French-Swiss cement maker Lafarge said Tuesday its offices were being searched for information on financial links to extremist groups in Syria, including Daesh (ISIS).

"French investigators are in the process of investigating our offices," a Lafarge spokeswoman told AFP, confirming a report to that effect by France Inter radio.

"We are cooperating fully with investigators, but we cannot make any further comment on this ongoing inquiry," she said.

A source close to the case said Belgian police were conducting a similar search at the offices of one of Lafarge's subsidiaries in Brussels.

Since June, three French judges have been investigating reported money transfers by Lafarge to groups in Syria, including Daesh, to keep operations up and running at its Jalabiya cement works in northern Syria in 2013 and 2014, despite the conflict engulfing the country.

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