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.
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 – 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.
Montreal – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is pressing the Quebec government to maintain a base of engineering expertise in the province amid concerns that its anti-corruption law goes too far.
Canada’s largest engineering firm, which is headquartered in Montreal, formally listed itself and 10 senior executives as lobbyists with the Quebec government in a registration dated June 26.
MONTREAL — Newly unsealed information in an RCMP search warrant document alleges that SNC-Lavalin paid nearly $6-million to the son-in-law of Tunisia’s president between 2001 and 2010 to win contracts in the North African country.
“The payments were destined for offshore companies belonging to Slim Chiboub,” the police affidavit says. “According to public-source information, the payments in question were made at a period when a variety of major contracts were awarded to SNC-Lavalin in Tunisia.”