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Lafarge Syria managers arrested in Paris
Syria: Three managers of LafargeHolcim were arrested in Paris on 29 November 2017 over allegations that Lafarge Syria, now part of the group, paid money to the Islamic State group in Syria in 2013 and 2014. They included Bruno Pescheux and Frédéric Jolibois. Pescheux was in charge of Lafarge Syria s plant from 2008 until 2014. Jolibois took over in 2014 for a short while before the plant was abandoned. A third detainee was not named. Investigators are seeking to determine whether executives at Lafarge in Paris knew that payments were being made in Syria to insurgent groups. LafargeHolcim has not commented on the arrests but has previously admitted errors in its handling of events in Syria. It denies criminal wrongdoing and said that it had put everything in place to ensure that this situation cannot be reproduced. A preliminary inquiry opened in France earlier in 2017 amid claims that Lafarge Syria had paid insurgent groups to keep roads clear around its plant in Jalabiya after the outbreak of war in Syria. In 2013, Islamic State representatives reportedly summoned two company managers in Syria to demand a cut of operations. They reportedly threatened to stop supplies to the plant and deliveries from it if they did not receive the money. The business is alleged to have paid Islamic State about Euro20,000/month, which represented 10% of the Euro5m that had reportedly been paid to a variety of armed groups.
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