MONTREAL – A court document filed by SNC-Lavalin alleges that a Canadian mediator and the bodyguard to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son began planning the son’s escape from Libya as early as February 2011. And Canada was their first choice of destination in the early days of the uprising against the Gaddafi regime.
During Libya’s long dictatorship, the Gaddafi regime repeatedly turned to SNC-Lavalin for its construction needs. The Montreal-based company got a $500-million contract to build an airport in Benghazi and a $275-million deal to put up the Gharyan prison.
But there was a cost to doing business with the Libyans: SNC-Lavalin, Canada’s largest engineering and construction company, allegedly funnelled $160-million in kickbacks to Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s son, some of which paid for luxury yachts.
SNC-Lavalin has gone to court to recover more than $2-million in company funds that were paid to a contractor accused of trying to smuggle Saadi Gaddafi out of Libya in 2011, and a design firm that redecorated his Toronto penthouse.
The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant filed the claim in Quebec superior court against former vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa as well as Ontario mediation firm Vanier Consulting Ltd and its president Cynthia Vanier.
The son of dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi was paid $160-million in kickbacks for steering major contracts in Libya to SNC-Lavalin, Canada’s biggest engineering and construction company, police are alleging, adding some of it paid for luxury yachts.
An RCMP search warrant document unsealed Friday said the bribes were paid to Saadi Gaddafi by Riadh Ben Aissa, who was then vice-president of Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin. Mr. Ben Aissa has since left the company and is now jailed in Switzerland.
A former senior SNC-Lavalin executive accused by the RCMP of paying $160-million in kickbacks to the son of Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi was only following company orders, his brother claimed Saturday.
Dr. Rafik Ben Aissa told the National Post his brother Riadh Ben Aissa was “an honorable brave man and a scapegoat” for the political change that has swept across North Africa since the Arab Spring of 2011.
MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive is alleging the engineering giant put the daughter-in-law of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi on the payroll in 2011.
Riadh Ben Aissa has filed a document in a Montreal court and alleges the company had a long-standing relationship with the late regime.
He claims that having ties to the Gaddafi family was seen as important to securing contracts in Libya.
The private security contractor who bodyguarded Saadi Gaddafi during the 2011 Libyan revolution was to be deported to Australia on Thursday night after he was deemed complicit in crimes against humanity.
Gary Peters was scheduled to be escorted onto the 8:20 p.m. Air Canada flight to Sydney, according to a letter he received this week. He was to be accompanied by several Canada Border Services Agency officers.
MONTREAL • SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is trying to pick up work again in war-torn Libya, signalling it is ready to move on from corruption allegations that tie the firm to the country’s former dictatorship.
MONTREAL – When SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. chief executive Jacques Lamarre met a hot-shot engineer named Sami Bebawi for dinner in mid-1998, he was looking for someone who could help turn around the company’s money-losing construction unit after years of losses.
Mr. Lamarre, who now works for Montreal law firm Heenan Blaikie, thought he’d found his man. Mr. Bebawi was a smart and aggressive water specialist, and his small 25-employee firm was snatching up major Quebec contracts from its much larger rivals.