2 thoughts on “Big Business-ISIS collusion in Syria

  1. Tuesday 25th
    posted by Morning Star in World

    CEMENT giant LafargeHolcim chief executive Eric Olsen announced his resignation yesterday over payments to Isis and other extremists in Syria.

    “My decision is driven by my conviction that it will contribute to addressing strong tensions that have recently arisen around the Syria case,” he said.

    LafargeHolcim said its board had mandated Mr Olsen and his team to “implement remedial measures” before he leaves on July 15.

    A probe earlier this year confirmed that the world’s biggest cement maker had paid extremist groups to allow it to continue operations at its plant in Aleppo province.

    The firm has refused to specify the “local armed groups” it funded, other than to say “sanctioned” forces were involved.

    But French NGO Sherpa has filed a complaint accusing the company of doing business with Isis.

    The United Nations has declared Isis and the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front — now rebranded as Hetesh — terrorist organisations that are to be excluded from any ceasefire.

    The Swiss-based firm said an internal investigation had found Mr Olsen was responsible for or aware of any wrongdoing linked to its now-discontinued Syria operations.

    LafargeHolcim claimed it was only trying to salvage a plant that cost some £530 million to build over three years and “was one of the only sources of meaningful employment for the surrounding communities.”

    The bribes to rebels were paid by France’s Lafarge before it merged with Switzerland’s Holcim in 2015.

    After international staff were pulled out in 2012, the plant was fully evacuated and stopped operating in September 2014.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-9653-Boss-of-cement-firm-resigns-over-funding-for-Isis#.WP-asNykIdU

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