Private “prosecution” in France triggers investigation

Business & Human Rights : Links.25 July 2012

The post is in English, but the orignal text is in French.

The Fédération internationale des droits de l’Homme (FIDH) (the International Human Rights Federation) and the Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH) (The Human Rights League) have presented a claim before the criminal court in France regarding the activities of the French Company Qosmos who sold surveillance technology to Syria.

I can’t find the exact offence which they use to put forward this claim, but I suspect it is one of the articles in the French criminal code that deal with the computer offences. What readers should know is that companies can be criminally liable for any offence present in the criminal code; so the fact that Qosmos is a corporation is certainly no obstacle to criminal liability.

the procedural bit is that a complaint by a private party triggers an investigation that may thereafter lead to prosecution.

About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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