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.