Greenpeace Affair: EDF Energy May Face Criminal Charges

Prosecutors have called for French state energy giant EDF, accused of spying on environmental campaigners Greenpeace, to face criminal trial, EDF lawyer Alexis Gublin said Saturday.

The energy company, and former executives Pierre Francois, who was the company’s second highest security official, and his immediate superior Pascal Durieux, are also implicated, along with two other employees.

It will now be down to the judge Thomas Cassuto to decide on whether or not the case should go to the criminal court.

In 2009 the two EDF executives were suspended for “unlawful intrusion into information systems” and accused of hacking into the computer of the former head of campaigns for Greenpeace France, Yannick Jadot, in 2006.

“It is vital that the potential responsibility of EDF is confirmed and the chain of responsibility in this very serious affair is established,” said Jadot, now a deputy in the European Parliament.

The energy giant had said it was a victim of the detective firm Kargus, and that it had registered as a civil plaintiff in the case.