Padma Bridge graft case accused surrenders in CanadaNew Age Online
A businessman accused of conspiring with employees of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. to bribe Bangladeshi officials and help the engineering giant secure a contract for Padma Bridge project has voluntarily turned himself in to Canadian authorities, the Globe and Mail reported Tuesday.
The Globe and Mail is a nationally distributed Canadian newspaper, based in Toronto.
Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan, 48, surrendered on Tuesday morning to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s national division, which for more than two years has been probing a now disbanded unit of the Canadian engineering firm.
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 a six-kilometre bridge on the river of Padma.
Ali 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 Tuesday morning that resulted in Ali Bhuiyan’s bail.
“He travelled halfway around the world to voluntarily face charges under an untested law, just to clear his name,” the attorney said.
Since Canada introduced the law – which forbids the bribery of foreign officials by Canadian companies and individuals – in 1999, the police have laid the charge less than a dozen times, and only one of those cases has proceeded to trial.
Ali Bhuiyan was the fifth person to be charged by the RCMP in connection with the suspected corruption plot, which has scuppered the bridge project that was designed to link the underdeveloped southwest portion of Bangladesh with the capital, Dhaka.
The Padma bridge project has been called a “steel lifeline” by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, whose development agency withdrew a $1.2-billion loan after bribery allegations first surfaced.
Three employees of SNC-Lavalin have already been charged under Canada’s foreign bribery act, including a former senior executive, Kevin Wallace. Two other former SNC employees who worked under Wallace, Ramesh Shah and Mohammed Ismail, have also been charged.
The fifth individual sought, Abul Hasan Chowdhury, is a Bangladesh-based lobbyist.
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