PADMA BRIDGE GRAFT CONSPIRACY
A Bangladeshi businessman accused of conspiring with employees of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc to bribe the country's officials concerned to secure a contract for Padma bridge project surrendered before Canadian authorities yesterday.
Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan, 48, surrendered to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's national division, according to a report of The Globe and Mail.
The division has been probing a now disbanded unit of the Canadian engineering firm for more than two years.
The unit, which was based out of SNC’s Oakville, Ontario office, allegedly conspired to bribe its way to the top of a competition to supervise construction of the six-kilometre Bangladeshi bridge.
Bhuiyan, a dual Bangladeshi-Canadian citizen, was charged by the Mounties in September with violating Canada’s foreign bribery law, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.
He returned to Canada on the weekend to fight the charge, his lawyer Frank Addario said after a brief court hearing yesterday morning that resulted in Bhuiyan being released on bail.
“He travelled halfway around the world to voluntarily face charges under an untested law, just to clear his name,” Addario said.
Since Canada introduced the law – which ...