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29 Nov 2021

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French technology firm Nexa indicted for "complicity in torture and enforced disappearances" in Egypt and Libya

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"French company Nexa Technologies indicted for “complicity in torture” 29 November 2021

Accused of having sold cybersurveillance equipment to President Al-Sisi’s regime in Egypt which would have enabled it to track down opponents, the French company Nexa Technologies was indicted in Paris in October for “complicity in acts of torture and of enforced disappearances”.

About four months after the indictments of four managers and executives of the SME, that of Nexa, as a legal person, was pronounced on October 12...

The lawyer for Nexa Technologies, Me François Zimeray, declined to comment. A judicial investigation was opened in 2017 following a complaint by FIDH and LDH filed with the support of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies...

Called “Cerebro”, this program allows you to track in real time the electronic communications of a target, from an email address or a phone number for example. The NGOs accused this software of having served the wave of repression against the opponents of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Nexa is run by former officials of Amesys, targeted by another judicial investigation since 2013 for having sold to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi between 2007 and 2011 a software called at the time “Eagle”, ancestor of “Cerebro”, and which would have served to arrest Libyan opponents...