Seven months after the complaint filed by FIDH and LDH, a judicialinvestigation has been opened within the Paris TGI Court (Tribunal deGrande Instance) for complicity in acts of torture in Libya aiming atestablishing the role of the engineering company Amesys, a subsidiaryof the French firm Bull. The judicial inquiry is being made by a newunit specialising in war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocideat the Paris TGI.Amesys is accused of selling the Libyan government surveillanceequipment that provided the technology necessary for the regime toidentify, arrest and then torture political opponents.This judicial inquiry should make it possible to determine the exactrole played by Amesys and its leadership in Libyan torture, and moregenerally, to revisit the question of the criminal responsibility ofcompanies in human rights violations.In a press release dated September 2011, Amesys explained that it hadindeed signed a contract with Libya under Qaddafi “in an internationalcontext linked to diplomatic rapprochement”. Amesys, a subsidiary ofBull, is now officially in the justice system’s line of fire. FIDHwishes this case to set an example that will make businesses shouldertheir responsibility to respect human rights.
Note: Amesys won a 2 million US dollar contract in December 2011 to deliver
highly sophisticated spying material to Morocco.