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9 Feb 2018


VINCI: Sherpa will file a complaint with a claim for criminal indemnification following the closing of the case by the public prosecutor

On March 23, 2015, Sherpa filed a complaint for forced labor and servitude on construction sites in Qatar, notably for the World Cup, against Vinci Construction Grands Projets and the French directors of its subsidiary, Qatari QDVC. A preliminary investigation was launched in April 2015 by the Nanterre public prosecutor.

On January 31, 2018, the Public Prosecutor decided to close the preliminary investigation.

“This decision is not a surprise. We will continue our work to bring light on the workers’ situation in Qatar. We will take action and file a complaint with a claim for criminal indemnification so the case can be referred to an investigating judge” said Sandra Cossart, Sherpa’s director.

Part of the following timelines

France: Public prosecutor closes case against Vinci for allegations of forced labor in Qatar; NGO Sherpa seeks to refer case to an investigating judge

Vinci lawsuit (re forced labour in Qatar)