France investigates tech firm accused of aiding Syria

By REUTERS
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.


Related Content

Breaking news
April 23, 2018
Trump says 'long way' to go on North Korea crisis

By REUTERS

Israel Weather
  • 14 - 25
    Beer Sheva
    14 - 22
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 13 - 21
    Jerusalem
    14 - 22
    Haifa
  • 19 - 31
    Elat
    15 - 28
    Tiberias