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4 Nov 2013

TRIAL (Switzerland)

[PDF] Stop-Pillage - Pillage is a war crime: Media kit

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On Friday, 1 November 2013, TRIAL, an international NGO fighting against impunity for international crimes filed a criminal complaint (dénonciation pénale) to the Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office against Argor-Heraeus…TRIAL has evidences that show the potential involvement of Argor-Heraeus SA in the crime of serious money laundering. From 2004-2005, Argor-Heraeus SA refined almost three tons of gold ore pillaged from the Democratic Republic of the Congo by an illegal armed group whose activities were financed by the illicit sale and traffic of this gold ore. According to TRIAL, Argor-Heraeus SA knew, or at the least should have assumed, that these raw materials were the proceeds of pillage, which is a war crime. TRIAL is petitioning the Swiss criminal authorities to determine if Argor-Heraeus SA did indeed commit criminal acts…