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SNC Lavalin, Trudeau linked in obstruction of Libya case

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

OTTAWA – The viability of one of Canada’s largest rail engineering companies is in question as the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau struggles against accusations of obstruction of justice in allegedly attempting to spare SNC Lavalin company from a corruption trial.

If convicted of charges of bribing Libyan officials with C$50 million in payments to win government contracts (and defrauding Libya of another C$130 million), SNC Lavalin would be barred from Canadian government contracts for a period of up to 10 years.

Since those charges were filed by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) three years ago, the accused company successfully lobbied the Trudeau government to legislate an alternative to trial—so-called “deferred prosecution agreements” or U.S.-style plea deals, that would punish corporate malefactors without triggering criminal conviction.

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