FRANCE: Judicial investigation will target Qosmos for complicity in acts of torture in Syria

On 11 April 2014, a judicial investigation for complicity of acts of torture in Syria was opened by the Paris Court. The investigation was attributed to the specialised unit in crimes against humanity and war crimes.
FIDH and its French member organisation, the Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH), filed the complaint over 18 months ago against French ICT companies, in particular Qosmos, for selling surveillance material to Bachar Al Assad’s regime. Electronic surveillance equipment enables intelligence services to perfect their means of repression, notably by intercepting live electronic communications. In May 2012, another judicial investigation was opened into the alleged implication of the French company Amesys for complicity to acts of torture in Libya.
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