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Lafarge: Complicity in crimes against humanity charge upheld

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A French appeal court on Wednesday upheld charges of complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria against multinational industrial company Lafarge. The company, founded and headquartered in France, and its Syrian subsidiary, Lafarge Cement Syria, are accused of having made deals with armed groups including Islamic State to keep one of its cement factories open and operating between 2012 and 2014. The company acknowledged that it paid almost 13 million euros to keep its Jalabiya factory in northeast Syria open. The company contends that it had no responsibility for the money winding up in the…

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