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SNC-Lavalin heading to trial

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., SNC-Lavalin International Inc. and SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc. have been charged with one count of fraud under section 380 of the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of corruption under Section 3(1)(b) of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. The firm will plead not guilty.


SNC-Lavalin has been informed, following the conclusion of the preliminary inquiry on federal charges laid by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., SNC-Lavalin International Inc. and SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc., that the charged entities have been committed to trial.

Each entity has been charged with one count of fraud under section 380 of the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of corruption under Section 3(1)(b) of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

SNC-Lavalin maintains that it will vigorously defend itself and plead not guilty to the charges in the interest of its employees, partners, clients, investors, pensioners and other stakeholders.

Neil Bruce, SNC-Lavalin.

“Given the threshold to be met by the prosecution at the stage of the preliminary inquiry, this outcome was expected,” said Neil Bruce, president/CEO, SNC-Lavalin.

“We are analyzing the decision with our counsel and will decide how to best advance our defence to the charges and the serious legal arguments we intend to present to continue to vigorously defend ourselves to get the right outcome and be acquitted.”

“SNC-Lavalin is a completely transformed company,” he added. “These charges relate to alleged wrongdoings that took place seven to 20 years ago by certain former employees who left the company long ago. And we are pursuing those who committed the wrongdoings.”