France investigates tech firm accused of aiding Syria

July 26, 2012 20:27

PARIS - French police are investigating a software company accused by human rights groups of complicity in torture by supplying Syria with intelligence technology used to spy on and track its citizens, a judicial source told Reuters on Thursday.

Paris prosecutors ordered the preliminary inquiry into Paris-based Qosmos after France's League of Human Rights and the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) filed a complaint alleging "complicity in acts of torture".

If charged, executives could face prison time under French law, although there is no guarantee that the probe will lead to charges or a deeper investigation.

The organizations cite internal Qosmos documents published last year on WikiLeaks which suggest that it furnished surveillance software to the government of Syria President Bashar Assad.

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