The Criminal Complaint against Switzerland's Argor-Heraeus S.A.

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The Open Society Justice Initiative is supporting a criminal complaint brought in Switzerland against the gold refiner, Argor-Heraeus. The complaint, filed by TRIAL, a Swiss NGO, accuses the company of illegally processing almost three tons of gold pillaged from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This briefing paper sets out the details of the investigation and the case against Argor-Heraeus, which processed pillaged gold provided by Hussar Services Ltd and Hussar Ltd, two interlinked companies based respectively in the UK and the Channel Islands.