SNC trial: a former president would have approved the yacht offers Saadi Gaddafi
MONTREAL – The former head of SNC-Lavalin Sami Bebawi told an RCMP officer that the offer of a luxury yacht at the son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had been approved at the time by the President of company, according to what was said on Friday in the trial of Mr. Bebawi.
The RCMP investigator Alexandre Beaulieu was Friday, the last Crown witness at the trial for fraud and corruption Sami Bebawi, accused on construction contracts related to Gaddafi’s dictatorship in the late 1990s.
Mr. Bebawi, aged 73, faces eight charges, including fraud, bribery, laundering proceeds of crime, possession of stolen goods and corruption of foreign public officials. He pleaded not guilty.
Crown Prosecutors completed the presentation of evidence on Friday.
The Crown alleges that Mr. Bebawi pocketed himself $ 26 million in connection with bribes for contracts that SNC-Lavalin concluded in Libya with the help of Gaddafi’s son, Saadi, whose ties have facilitated conducting business in this country.
Mr. Beaulieu told jurors that Mr. Bebawi and himself had a short conversation before a courtroom in Montreal in April, during which the accused said the former president of SNC-Lavalin Jacques Lamarre had approved the purchase of the yacht for Saadi Gaddafi.
The RCMP officer said that Mr. Bebawi was frustrated by the fact that Mr. Lamarre had publicly denied any knowledge of the offer of this boat $ 25 million made to measure.
He was told the jury that Mr Bebawi launched the officer: “He knew! He agreed! ”
Moreover, Mr. Beaulieu told jurors that he had taken the declaration of a subordinate of Mr. Bebawi ultimately at the heart of the case against the accused. He testified that the subject at the time of the accused, Riadh Ben Aissa, he would have said that Mr. Bebawi had offered $ 10 million for corroborating his boss regarding financial transactions.
Mr. Ben Aissa testified that Mr. Bebawi had pressured him to take steps to keep the contracts. He became himself a CNS officer in 2007, replacing Mr Bebawi, a position he held until February 2012, when he resigned from the company.
Mr. Ben Aissa has signed a cooperation agreement with the RCMP and was extradited to Canada following his detention in 2012 in Switzerland.
Prosecutors are trying to prove that SNC-Lavalin has transferred about $ 113 million to shell companies that paid people helping the company to raise money and win contracts.
It is alleged that what was left in these accounts was shared between Mr. Ben Aissa and Mr. Bebawi.