BNP Paribas accused of « complicity in crimes against humanity » in Sudan
These are serious accusations against BNP Paribas. The French bank is facing a complaint for « complicity in crimes against humanity » committed in Sudan, failing to respect the embargo against the regime of Omar al-Bashir, dismissed last April. Nine Sudanese militants who fled their country after persecutions filed a complaint against the banking group with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the League of Human Rights (LDH) on Thursday. with civil party, at the Paris court.
They accuse the first European bank of « complicity in crimes against humanity, genocide and acts of torture », as well as « laundering » and « concealment » of these crimes committed between 2002 and 2008, especially in Darfur . This region has been wounded since 2003 by a civil war, which has claimed over 300,000 lives according to the UN. « We are not aware of the opening of criminal proceedings to date. And in any case, we do not comment on the judicial procedures, « told Agence France-Presse a spokesman for the banking group. It is now up to the Dean of the investigating judges of the Paris court to examine whether this complaint is admissible, before launching any investigations.
The French bank was already accused by the NGOs for its role in the genocide in Rwanda.