In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal government have been ensnared in a now long-running scandal arising from much publicized allegations that the government, including the Prime Minister himself, improperly attempted to interfere in the ongoing criminal case against SNC-Lavalin, an engineering company based in Quebec — where Liberal support is conveniently the strongest.… Continue Reading
Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty Friday to helping a public servant commit breach of trust.
Following his plea, Duhaime, 64, was sentenced to 20 months house arrest and 240 hours of community service.… Continue Reading
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said federal prosecutors in Canada won’t negotiate a remediation agreement to resolve criminal fraud and corruption charges related to Libya.
The Montreal-based engineering and construction company said it “stongly disagrees” with the Public Prosecution Service’s decision and may appeal.… Continue Reading
Responding to persistent corruption in countries around the world takes more than a commitment to a Convention and adoption of sweeping legislation to achieve meaningful progress. A broad view, an innovative approach and a willingness to look across a wide spectrum of solutions are all critical.… Continue Reading
Here is the astounding opening passage from a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada issued on April 29 in World Bank v. Wallace:
Corruption is a significant obstacle to international development.… Continue Reading
Corrupt organizations expect employees to parrot one set of values, while at the same time understanding that the real priority is to subvert these values by paying bribes to win business, or looking the other way when issues arise.… Continue Reading
Let’s go straight to some news from beyond America’s shores during the past year.
Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin said Thursday the company and two subsidiaries have been charged with criminal corruption and fraud.
It said the Public Prosecution Service of Canada brought charges against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., SNC-Lavalin International Inc., and SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc.… Continue Reading
Canada’s biggest engineering and construction firm is recovering more than $13 million, claiming it was a victim of alleged bribes paid to the son of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
The Wall Street Journal’s James Grimaldi and Margaret Coker reported that SNC-Lavalin’s recovery “has surprised many lawyers involved with stolen-asset recovery efforts, because the work has been focused on returning ill-gotten gains to the countries, not firms whose officials paid bribes.”
An affidavit prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in April 2012 tied former SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa to more than $160 million in alleged bribes paid to Libyan officials in exchange for engineering contracts.… Continue Reading
A Dhaka court Monday acquitted all the seven defendants accused of taking bribes from Canandian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin in connection with the Padma Bridge Project.… Continue Reading
Switzerland’s federal crime court accepted a plea deal Wednesday between prosecutors and Riadh Ben Aissa, SNC-Lavalin’s former head of construction, and sentenced him to time served.… Continue Reading
Police in Canada have charged a prominent lawyer who formerly headed the tax practice at the Montreal office of Dentons Canada LPP for an alleged plot against a potential witness in the sprawling corruption case involving the SNC-Lavalin Group and several former executives.… Continue Reading