The survey conducted by the Crimes Against Humanity Center of the Paris Judicial Tribunal is to determine whether a link between the use of monitoring and repression can be demonstrated.
Le Monde with AFP
The French company Nexa Technologies, accused of having sold cybersurveillance equipment to the Egyptian regime, which would have allowed it to trace opponents, was indicted in October for “complicity of acts of torture and Enforced disappearances, “said Sunday, November 28, the France-Press agency (AFP), from a source close to the file.
The survey conducted by the Crimes Against Humanity Center of the Paris Judicial Tribunal is thus to determine whether a link between the use of monitoring and repression can be demonstrated.
The indicting was pronounced on 12 October by the investigative investigating judge, approximately four months after those of four executives and executives of the Society, according to this source, confirmed by a judicial source. Contacted by AFP, Nexa Technologies lawyer, M e François Zimeray, did not wish to comment.
Opening of judicial information in 2017
A judicial information was opened in 2017 following a complaint from FIDH and LDH filed with the support of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). This leased on an investigation by the Telerama magazine revealing the sale in March 2014 of “a listening system at 10 million euros to fight – against the Muslim brothers”, the Islamist opposition in Egypt.
Called Cerebro, this program allows you to hunt in real time the electronic communications of a target, from an e-mail address or a phone number, for example. NGOs accused this software for serving the repressive wave against opponents of Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, which, according to the CIHRS, resulted in “more than 40,000 political prisoners in Egypt”.
Nexa is led by former leaders of Amesys, targeted by other judicial information since 2013, for selling to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi between 2007 and 2011 a software called at Eagle era – Cerebro Ancestor -, which would have been used to stop Libyan opponents. In this survey, Amesys and the one that was the President until 2010 were also indicted in June.