the indictment of the French company Amesys and the indictment of two executives, upheld on appeal
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The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed this week (Monday) the accusation of the French company Amesys for complicity in acts of torture in the investigation into the sale of a cyber-surveillance program to the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi. Two of the company’s leaders have been charged, making the company complicit in abuses in Libya. The confirmation of the accusations against Amesys and its two leaders, which occurred almost ten years after the opening of the judicial investigation, “is a source of hope” for the civil parties.
This confirmation after ten years of investigations could lead to the referral to the courts of Amesys, a subsidiary of the computer giant Bull since 2010. This week, the Court of Appeals validated the accusations of the legal entity Amesys and two of its leaders, and placed under the more favorable status of a witness assisted by two other persons.
In 2013, a a judicial investigation had been opened in Parisafter a complaint from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the League for Human Rights. In 2021, the Amesyis company was charged with complicity in acts of torture, as were four of its former directors. Amesys ended up acknowledging having signed a contract with the Libyan authorities in 2007, in a context of diplomatic rapprochement with France. But according to the company, its team had never allowed the entire civil society to be monitored.
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The matter broke out in 2011, when journalists from the Wall Street Journal had discovered in the monitoring center in Tripoli, documents according to which Amesys had equipped it with an Internet traffic analysis system that allowed it to monitor the messages exchanged there: transcripts of private Internet conversations, as well as manuals with the logo of Amesys. Between 2007 and 2011, the company Amesys provided Tripoli with software called Eagle, which would have allowed Muammar Gaddafi’s regime to track Libyan opponents, then imprison and torture them.
” very good news »
Listen to Maître Clémence Bectarte, a lawyer with the International Federation for Human Rights. Accompanied by Houda Ibrahim.
” First of all, this is very good news for the Libyan civil parties that we represent in this case.reacts Maître Clémence Bectarte, lawyer for the International Federation for Human Rights, accompanied by ibrahim houda from the Africa newsroom. C’est une affaire qui dure maintenant depuis plus de dix ans, et la cour d’appel est lundi mondi confirmer les mises en examen les most importantes dans ce dossier, à savoir celles de l’entreprise Amesys et de deux de ses anciens dirigeants of the time.
Now, we await a trial before the Criminal Court of Paris, which would be the first for a company for complicity in acts of torture. In France, there is today a growing movement to recognize the criminal responsibility of companies for human rights violations, and we believe that in this sense it is also a very important decision because it participates in this movement of accountability of economic actors for their often noxious paper. in human rights violations. »