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.
Swiss prosecutors have reportedly indicted a former top executive of Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin, alleging he helped launder millions of dollars used to win contracts in Libya and other North African countries.
Riadh Ben Aissa, a former vice-president at the Montreal-based company who has been detained since the spring, is now facing charges related to his role in an alleged scheme connected to $139-million in payments made by SNC-Lavalin, Swiss broadcaster RTS and CBC News reported.
A Radio-Canada investigation has traced $1.5-million in apparent kickbacks from a lucrative federal contract awarded to SNC-Lavalin to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge.
The broadcaster said Thursday that the alleged recipient of the kickbacks is Michel Fournier, the former head of the Federal Bridge Corporation, the federal agency in charge of managing five major bridges in Ontario and Quebec, including the soon-to-be-replaced Champlain Bridge.
MEXICO — An RCMP affidavit unsealed on Friday has revealed new details about an alleged Canadian-led plot to smuggle Saadi Gaddafi to Mexico as his dictator father’s regime was falling to Libyan rebels in 2011.
Since her arrest 14 months ago in Mexico City, where she has been charged with conspiring the fly Mr. Gaddafi and his family into the country on false documents, Canadian mediator Cynthia Vanier has denied the allegations.
Montreal – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has named an executive from Swiss-based ABB, the $64-billion multinational known in part as the world’s biggest supplier of voltage transformers, to lead its power business.
Alexander Taylor will lead the SNC unit after 29 years at ABB, where he held a number of senior roles including head of the company’s global oil, gas and petrochemicals business unit. That group does work such as developing equipment to power and control Norwegian oil giant Statoil’s underwater pumps and gas compressors at depths of 3,000 metres.
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.
MONTREAL – Police in Algeria raided the country headquarters of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. as the Canadian engineering giant tries to resolve questions about its activity in the North African nation.
Company spokesperson Leslie Quinton confirmed Sunday that Algerian authorities searched SNC’s office in Algiers on May 27 in connection with an ongoing investigation.
MONTREAL – Police in France have launched their own investigation into SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
The company confirmed Wednesday that French police executed a search warrant at SNC’s offices in the French city of Reims last November, which was the company’s European headquarters until it was moved to Paris.
MONTREAL – Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has hired Watergate investigator Michael Hershman to advise the company on anti-corruption issues as it takes steps to strengthen its business practices amid ongoing police investigations and allegations of wrongdoing involving former employees.