SNC-LAVALIN AGAIN TRYING FOR SPECIAL AGREEMENT TO AVOID TRIAL
Apr 05, 2019
By Bob Komsic
The construction and engineering giant at the centre of the ongoing political storm, is making another bid to obtain a deferred prosecution agreement to avoid a criminal trial.
SNC-Lavalin cites revelations from recent parliamentary committee testimony in attempting to revive its case against the director of public prosecutions.
It’s asking the Federal Court of Appeal to give it another chance to challenge the director’s decision not to negotiate the agreement, or DPA, that would see the company avoid trial and possible prohibition from receiving federal contracts for 10 years.
The Federal Court last month tossed out SNC-Lavalin’s plea for a judicial review of the decision last year.
Meanwhile, Jody Wilson-Raybould denies meddling in the affair since being shuffled out of the attorney general’s job.
She resigned from cabinet and was then kicked out of the Liberal caucus after testifying before the Commons justice committee that she faced inappropriate political pressure to overrule the director of public prosecutions and help SNC-Lavalin.