Swedish Telecommunications Compensation for ISIS Victims

Kelompok Isis.
Kelompok Isis.

Jakarta – Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson may have been complicit in genocide for allegedly making payments and “bribes” to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, at a time when the terror group controlled large swaths of land. Victims who suffered at the hands of ISIS should be compensated by the multinational networking corporation, which has $25 billion in net sales so far this year.

A 2019 internal probe by Ericsson found that payments were made in 2018 to ISIS.

“The investigating team identified payments to intermediaries and the use of alternate transport routes in connection with circumventing Iraqi Customs, at a time when terrorist organizations, including ISIS, controlled some transport routes,” the company stated.

Börje Ekholm, Ericsson’s chief executive, reiterated the point that the company may have paid money to terror organization like ISIS while operating in Iraq.

Material and financial support to terrorist groups is illegal. Ericsson’s advisory board should know that. If payments were made to terrorists as early as 2018, at a time when many knew ISIS had committed crimes against humanity and genocide, then Ericsson should be held accountable.

This is not the first time Ericsson has been under scrutiny.In December 2019, the same year the company investigated its finances in Iraq, it agreed to dish out more than $1 billion to resolve U.S. investigations concerning payment violations in countries like China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Djibouti and Kuwait. ( Fikri )