A U.S.-based human-rights group claims in a civil suit that it has new evidence gear-maker Cisco intended to help China monitor and jail anti-government activists, an Australian newspaper reports.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday that the Human Rights Law Foundation alleges in an amended statement in its suit over persecution of the Falun Gong religious group that Cisco CEO John Chambers repeatedly met with Jiang Zemin – “the founder of the persecutory campaign against Falun Gong” – during the design and development of China’s Golden Shield surveillance effort.

BusinessWeek has reported on Golden Shield involvement by U.S. equipment suppliers.

Senior Cisco executives, including Chambers, knew of the campaign of torture and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, but authorized and participated in the Golden Shield project anyway, the complaint claims.

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