SNC-Lavalin: Bebawi sentenced to a term of imprisonment of eight years and a half

SNC-Lavalin: Bebawi condamné à une peine d’emprisonnement de huit ans et demi

The former executive of SNC-Lavalin, Sami Bebawi, convicted of fraud and bribery, was sentenced Friday to a prison sentence of eight and a half years.

January 10, 2020 14h54

Updated at 15: 30

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SNC-Lavalin: Bebawi sentenced to a term of imprisonment of eight years and a half

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The former executive of SNC-Lavalin, Sami Bebawi, convicted of fraud and bribery, was sentenced Friday to a prison sentence of eight and a half years.

Bebawi had been convicted in December of five charges against him. He was tried for fraud, the recycling of the proceeds of crime, possession of stolen goods and bribery of a foreign public official.

He remained impassive when the judge Guy Cournoyer of the superior Court of Quebec handed down the sentence.

The trial had examined several major infrastructure projects and focused on the relationship with Saadi al-Gaddafi, a son of the late libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, to facilitate the agreements.

During the trial, the prosecution had alleged that the engineering firm montreal had transferred approximately $ 113 million to shell companies to pay people, including Saadi Gaddafi, who subsequently helped her raise money and win contracts in Libya, from the end of the 1990s. The Crown argued at trial that what was left in the accounts after the payment of bribes and invoices was divided half and half between Mr. Bebawi and his former subordinate, Riadh Ben Aissa, each pocketing $26 million.

In their final arguments at the trial, defense lawyers have argued that the money had been paid to Mr. Bebawi for her work, and that those premiums had been authorized by the president of SNC-Lavalin at the time, Jacques Lamarre.

Sami Bebawi has not testified nor presented a defense. He had pleaded not guilty.

The Crown called for a sentence of imprisonment of nine years while the lawyers Bebawi suggested a sentence of six years in prison.

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