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EDF fined for spying on Greenpeace nuclear campaign

Posted on November 10th, 2011 at 19:15 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


A French court has fined energy giant EDF 1.5 million euros (£1.3 million) and sent two of its staff to jail for spying on Greenpeace campaigners.


The Tribunal Correctionel de Nanterre heard that Kargus Consultants, then run by a former member of the French foreign secret service, had compiled a dossier on Greenpeace via means that included hacking into a computer belonging to former campaigns head Yannick Jadot.

EDF maintained that it had just asked Kargus to monitor the activists, and that the consultants had exceeded their remit.

But justice Isabelle Prevost-Desprez disagreed, handing three-year sentences to Pascal Durieux and Pierre-Paul Francois, head and deputy head of EDF’s nuclear security operation.

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