An imprisoned Franco-Syrian, suspected of having supplied equipment to the Syrian army


The man was indicted Saturday in Paris, in particular for « conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity, complicity in crimes against humanity and complicity in war crimes ».

A Franco-Syrian was indicted on Saturday in Paris and imprisoned, suspected of having supplied, via his shipping company, equipment to the Syrian army including components that could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons, has t – we learned on Sunday from sources close to the case and the judiciary. The man, born in 1962 and living abroad, was arrested in the south of France, according to a source familiar with the matter to AFP. « He had returned to France with his family for the holidays», She added.

At the end of his police custody, he was indicted for « conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity, complicity in crimes against humanity and complicity in war crimes » also for « laundering of war crimes and crimes against humanity« A judicial source told AFP. He was remanded in custody, added this source.

Elements that may have been used in the production of chemical weapons

The allegations began in March 2011, the start of the civil war in Syria, and would have continued until January 2018 or June 2019 depending on the crimes concerned, said this source. « This man is accused of having, through a company based in different places, in France and in the United Arab Emirates, participated in the supply of means to various state structures of the Syrian regime in charge of the production of non-military weapons. conventional», Developed this source.

Among the material provided are elements that may have been used in the manufacture of chemical weapons, said the source close to the file. Investigations in France on this Franco-Syrian began when he was placed in 2016 with his shipping company on the blacklist of the US Treasury responsible for financial sanctions (Ofac). The company was suspected of having shipped goods in support of President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, in violation of the international embargo.

On the basis of information collected by the Central Office for the Fight against Crimes Against Humanity (OCLCH), a preliminary investigation was opened in June 2017. The investigations were then entrusted to investigating judges from the judicial court of Paris in January 2018. This is the first indictment to intervene in this case, said the judicial source.

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