Fresh evidence delays SNC-Lavalin fraud case until October
Pedestrians walk past the offices of SNC Lavalin, in Montreal, March 26, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 3, 2015 11:21AM EDT
MONTREAL -- The criminal fraud case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has been put off until October after the disclosure of additional evidence to the defence.
Crown prosecutor Richard Roy said in a Montreal courtroom Friday that defence lawyers have received about 1,000 new documents.
Initially, there were some 5,000 pieces of evidence.
The RCMP alleges that SNC-Lavalin paid nearly $47.7 million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to influence government decisions.
It also charged the company, its construction division and its SNC-Lavalin International subsidiary with one charge each of fraud and one of corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of about $129.8 million.
SNC-Lavalin has said it will plead not guilty and that the charges stem from the same alleged activities of former employees who face criminal charges.