Posted on June 29, 2018
Last year, Lafarge admitted paying groups in the country in order to keep a factory operating in Northern Syria as violence mounted after 2011. However, Lafarge says it will appeal against some of the charges. Eight former managers of the company are also being formally investigated. An internal investigation last year found evidence the factory provided funding to local armed groups in order to stay open. The investigation concluded that those in charge of the Jalabiya plant had taken “unacceptable” measures in order to keep the plant open and protect employees. Various armed factions “controlled or sought to control” the area, it said. At the time, Syria was subject to EU sanctions imposed on President Bashar al-Assad’s government, which lost control of large swathes of the country to various armed groups.