A few days after a former SNC-Lavalin executive was found guilty of paying kickbacks and bribing Libyan officials, the Canadian engineering giant said it will pay US$213 million to settle the two corruption cases.
A Canadian court found the former executive vice-president of an engineering company guilty of paying off foreign officials in Libya and laundering money. The case even ensnared Canada’s government.
Prime Minister Trudeau violated the law when he tried to persuade Canada’s attorney general to go soft on a company charged with corruption, the ethics commissioner concluded in an “explosive” 63-page report on the SNC-Lavalin affair released Wednesday.
Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin was informed last week that the bribery charges against it would reach trial, thwarting the company’s hopes that it would be able to settle the politically-loaded case out of court.
Another Canadian cabinet member resigned Monday after she said she had “lost confidence” in the administration’s managing of a corruption inquiry that has taken Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government by storm.
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