French Surveillance Firm Executives Charged with Aiding Torture by Selling to Oppressive Regimes
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Investigating magistrates in the Paris tribunal war crimes unit charged current and former executives at two French technology companies with aiding torture by selling surveillance equipment to the autocratic regimes in Libya and Egypt, who used the gear to track down, jail, and torture opponents.
Philippe Vannier, who was CEO of Amesys until 2010, was charged with selling equipment to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. Olivier Bohbot, the president of Nexa, along with the company’s director-general, Renaud Roques, and former president Stephane Salies, were charged with "complicity in acts of torture and forced disappearances" for selling material to the Egyptian regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (Sarah Elzas / RFI)
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