Cisco Systems (CSCO), the biggest maker of computer networking equipment, is being sued by a group of Chinese Falun Gong practitioners for “aiding and abetting torture and other human-rights violations by the Chinese government against members of the religious movement,” the WSJ reports. The group alleges that Cisco was involved in the design and maintenance of a surveillance system that was used to track Falun Gong members and dissident groups.
The 52-page suit, which seeks class-action status, was filed in U.S. federal court in San Jose, California.
A Cisco spokesman told the Journal “there is no basis for these allegations against Cisco, and that the co. “intend[s] to vigorously defend against them.” The spokesman also pointed out that “Cisco does not operate networks in China or elsewhere, nor does Cisco customize [its] products in any way that would facilitate censorship or repression.”
CSCO closed Friday at $16.66.