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#1101 Mike K.

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 10:35 AM

Is protection or ransom money avoidable in those areas, though?

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#1102 Mattjvd

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 10:51 AM

Cement giant Lafarge under investigation for terrorism financing

 

https://www.theglobe...allegations-of/

 

'A panel of magistrates in France has put cement giant LafargeHolcim under formal investigation over allegations of terrorist financing, violating international sanctions and committing crimes against humanity.

The case centres around allegations that Lafarge paid the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria more than US$15-million between 2011 and 2014 for supplies and assurances they wouldn’t attack the company’s new plant near Raqqa.'

 

 

Is protection or ransom money avoidable in those areas, though?

 

Interesting. 

 

Yeah it's hard to say without more information if they had any alternatives. Is the company a victim of racketeering, or is it more nefarious?



#1103 Mike K.

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 12:20 PM

From a December 2017 NYT piece:

 

"Lafarge, a sprawling French multinational with operations in 80 countries, has said that its employees were motivated to keep the Syrian plant running by a “can-do” approach. But critics have accused the company of trying to maintain profitability and a presence there, despite the growing danger to its employees."

 

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Mr. Olsen resigned as chief executive in April [I guess that April, 2017?] after an internal inquiry found that managers of Lafarge’s Syrian plant had paid armed groups to allow employees to move to and from the factory so that it could continue operating. Lafarge concluded at the time that Mr. Olsen was not responsible for, or aware of, the activity.

 

Since then, French judges have been examining the extent to which top Lafarge executives knew about the payments, and whether the company may have bought oil linked to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in violation of United Nation sanctions and a 2011 European Union embargo. The group seized the plant in September 2014, forcing the Lafarge employees who were there at the time to abandon it. ...


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#1104 Bingo

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 12:52 PM

Interesting. 

 

Yeah it's hard to say without more information if they had any alternatives. Is the company a victim of racketeering, or is it more nefarious?

 

Probably nefarious. How much protection does 15 million buy...6mo...a year before you have to pay again?

It they are using that concrete for fighter hangers, a few cruise missiles will even things out.



#1105 Mike K.

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 12:58 PM

Right, the big question now is who their clients were/are.


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#1106 Mattjvd

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 12:58 PM

Probably nefarious. How much protection does 15 million buy...6mo...a year before you have to pay again?

It they are using that concrete for fighter hangers, a few cruise missiles will even things out.

Well they'd have to make it less expensive and less of a hassle than hiring a very well trained and armed private security team. 15 million can get you some great defense contractors.



 



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