NGO files criminal complaint against Kolmar Group in Switzerland for complicity related to Libyan pillaging
Author: TRIAL International, Published on: 29 May 2020
"Smuggling of Libyan Gasoil: Criminal Complaint Filed against Swiss Trader," 23 May 2020
TRIAL International filed a criminal complaint…for complicity in pillage against Kolmar Group AG…[alleging that the] company had purchased smuggled gasoil from Libya.
…The fuel was diverted from Libyan tanks with the complicity of an armed group, transhipped from Libyan fishing boats to larger vessels chartered by two Maltese businessmen in international waters, and finally transported to Malta…according to the investigation, [Kolmar Group AG] purchased more than 50,000 tonnes of gasoil stored in tanks of the Maltese capital...The Swiss company did not deny having purchased this fuel when it requested a right of reply to the report.
...If a company knowingly buys stolen raw materials from a country at war, it may indeed be found guilty of complicity in pillage, a war crime…The gasoil purchased by Kolmar Group AG had been looted by a smuggling network, with the support of an armed group, at a time when Libya was torn apart by armed confrontation between rival factions.
Related companies: Kolmar Group