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Libyans file suit against French tech firm over torture

Author: AFP, Published on: 15 January 2013

Five Libyans tortured under Moamer Kadhafi have filed legal complaints against a French technology firm that provided his regime with surveillance equipment…An appeals court has meanwhile given the green light to a judicial probe into accusations of complicity against Amesys, said…International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). The court rejected a request from prosecutors to drop the probe, opened in May following complaints from FIDH and the Human Rights League (LDH). The groups accuse Amesys, a subsidiary of …Bull, of providing Kadhafi's regime with a communications monitoring system used to target opponents, who were subsequently detained and tortured…The company has admitted it supplied Kadhafi's regime with "analysis equipment," but noted the deal was made only after Libya had improved ties with the West and that it did not operate any surveillance.

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