Newsmaker: Christopher DiMakos: can Charbonneau witnesses be sued or prosecuted?
Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 2:48PM EDT
The money lost to bribery and inflated construction contracts is gone, according to lawyer Christopher DiMakos.
He says people could sue, but would essentially end up suing themselves since taxpayer money would pay out a class action lawsuit.
And while the words said at the Charbonneau Commission cannot be used against witnesses in criminal prosecutions, those people can still face criminal charges.
"The more that they disclose during these testimonies and this commission, the more immunity they'll be given. It will be immune from criminal prosecution," said DiMakos.
However that doesn't mean police and prosecutors are out of options.
"That's why we've seen such aggressive raids. They're trying to get information before these witnesses take the stand just so they can demonstrate to court they had access to the information before testimony at the Charbonneau Commission.
Watch the interview for more.
Montreal lawyer Christopher Dimakos