SNC-Lavalin: Sami Bebawi convicted of five counts

SNC-Lavalin: Sami Bebawi reconnu coupable de cinq chefs d'accusation

The former executive of SNC-Lavalin, Sami Bebawi has been convicted of fraud, recycling of the proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property and corruption of a foreign public official.

December 15, 2019 10h28

Updated at 22: 00

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SNC-Lavalin: Sami Bebawi convicted of five counts

The canadian Press

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The former executive of SNC-Lavalin, Sami Bebawi has been found guilty of all five charges against him.

The jurors in his trial for fraud and corruption have rendered their verdict on Sunday, in their fourth day of deliberations.

Today the 73-year old, Sami Bebawi, is on trial for charges of fraud, recycling of the proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property and corruption of a foreign public official.

Neither the accused nor his lawyer had wanted to comment on the decision of the jury. A reporter asked if they intended to appeal, but his question was met by a deep silence.

As to the prosecutor, Anne-Marie Manoukian, she refused to say what she had to claim it as punishment. The comments on the sentence will take place next Thursday.

The justice Guy Cournoyer of the superior Court of Quebec dismissed the application for remand of the prosecution, in the absence of a new fact which would be to believe that Sami Bebawi risk of fleeing.

In scrum, Me Manoukian has paid tribute to the work of the jury in a case as complex. “There was a lot of evidence, six weeks of trial, she pointed out. I think that in this case, justice has been served.”

The trial 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.

Bribes

The prosecution 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.

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