Canadian Jury Finds Former SNC-Lavalin Executive Guilty on Fraud, Corruption Charges

A jury in Montreal found a former SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. executive guilty of corruption-related charges in a case that examined the Montreal firm’s past activities in Libya, which were at the center of a political firestorm earlier this year, the New York Times reported. The Montreal-based engineering and construction firm now awaits its own trial on fraud and corruption charges. Canada’s ethics watchdog ruled earlier this year that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke the country’s conflict-of-interest laws when he and his aides pressed his then-attorney general to intervene in the case and secure an out-of-court settlement for the firm. Trudeau’s involvement in the matter, which was first reported in February, triggered a scandal that forced the resignation of top government officials and hurt the prime minister’s reputation on the domestic and global stage. The conviction of Sami Bebawi, 73 years old, on Sunday followed a six-week trial in Montreal. Bebawi, a former vice president at SNC-Lavalin, was accused of participating in a kickback scheme that helped the company obtain construction contracts in Libya. He was found guilty on all five charges he faced, including fraud, corruption, money laundering and possession of proceeds of crime. A sentencing hearing will be held on Thursday. Read more. (Subscription required.)