France’s prosecutor’s office in Versailles push forward with trial of 15 people connected to alleged spying on IKEA staff

15 people on trial after alleged spying in IKEA Photo Credit Soniadcm, Wikipedia

France’s prosecutor’s office in Versailles push forward with trial of 15 people connected to alleged spying on IKEA staff.

FRENCH prosecutors have announced that 15 people including former executives of IKEA in France and police officials are to go on trial for the alleged charges of spying on employees and customers. The company has 34 stores in France and employs 10,000 people.

Two former IKEA France CEOs are among those charged in a case dating back to 2012 when the home furnishings firm was accused of paying for illegal access to police files.

The Swedish-based company is alleged to have paid police for information on workers involved with labour unions and clients with whom it was involved in disputes. Prosecutors say the French unit bought access to court and police records and bank details. The information was allegedly taken from France’s police records system, which tracks the names and personal information of criminals, victims and witnesses.

Four police officials are also among the 15 people charged, along with the former IKEA France chiefs Jean-Louis Baillot and Stefan Vanoverbeke and the former CFO Dariusz Rychert.

On Thursday, the prosecutor’s office in Versailles, outside Paris, decided there was enough evidence to hold a trial.

In the wake of the allegations, Ikea France fired four employees, opened an internal inquiry and established a code of conduct.

FacebookTwitterRedditWhatsAppTelegramLinkedInEmailCopy Link
Go Back
Written by

Damon Mitchell

From the interviewed to the interviewer

As frontman of a rock band Damon used to court the British press, now he lives the quiet life in Spain and seeks to get to the heart of the community, scoring exclusive interviews with ex-pats about their successes and struggles during their new life in the sun.

Originally from Scotland but based on the coast for the last three years, Damon strives to bring the most heartfelt news stories from the spanish costas to the Euro Weekly News.

Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

Comments


    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published.