Connect with us

Anglais

Top prosecutor defends independence and decision to prosecute SNC-Lavalin

admin

Published

on


OTTAWA — Canada’s top public prosecutor is staunchly defending her prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges, saying her office must remain independent from political interference and judicial supervision.

As a political storm rages over whether the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut SNC-Lavalin some slack, a judicial battle to force the Crown’s hand is also unfolding.

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and two of its subsidiaries have pleaded not guilty to two criminal charges connected to bribes allegedly paid between 2001 and 2011 to the Libyan regime of Moammar Gadhafi: bribing a foreign public official and fraud.
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and two of its subsidiaries have pleaded not guilty to two criminal charges connected to bribes allegedly paid between 2001 and 2011 to the Libyan regime of Moammar Gadhafi: bribing a foreign public official and fraud.  (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO)

The company wants the Federal Court to order Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions and deputy attorney general, to issue “an invitation to negotiate” a mediation deal — one that would spare it from a trial that could lead to a potentially business-killing corporate criminal conviction.

But Roussel is resisting the high-profile effort to change her mind about prosecuting the Quebec company.

In Federal Court documents obtained by the Star, Roussel responds to SNC-Lavalin, saying that it has no legal right or entitlement to any deal; that prosecutors are independent with broad discretion on how to proceed with charges; and that under the Constitution, prosecutors are free from political or judicial interference.

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and two of its subsidiaries have pleaded not guilty to two criminal charges connected to bribes allegedly paid between 2001 and 2011 to the Libyan regime of Moammar Gadhafi: bribing a foreign public official and fraud.

It says any wrongdoing was carried out by two former employees without the company’s knowledge or consent.

Read more:

Liberals to block opposition attempt to probe SNC-Lavalin affair

Jody Wilson-Raybould maintains silence on SNC-Lavalin allegations

Here’s your primer on the SNC-Lavalin drama in Canadian politics

The company enlisted legal heavyweight and former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci of the Torys law firm, along with fellow Torys litigator William McNamara to overturn Roussel’s decision to prosecute the company.

In an Oct. 9 letter to Iacobucci and McNamara, Roussel rejected the company’s written pleas and request for an in-person meeting with them and SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce, saying a remediation agreement “is not appropriate in this case.”

She does not say why in the letter, a copy of which is in the court record.

SNC-Lavalin then went to Federal Court seeking judicial review of her decision.

The company says Roussel is required by law to consider the public interest in a mediated settlement that would spare it a conviction.

It argues Roussel did not provide the company any reasons for her refusal, which it called unreasonable, “incoherent,” and threatening the livelihoods of many thousands of employees, customers and pensioners who did not engage in wrongdoing.

That’s because if found guilty, the company would be barred from bidding on government contracts for a decade.

SNC-Lavalin essentially argues it is too big to fail.

It has launched an all-out effort, lobbying the Trudeau government, Opposition leader Andrew Scheer, and others to plead its case, and now wants a Federal Court judge to weigh in.

But in her reply, Roussel tackles the issue head-on.

She says the law passed last year allowing for what is called “deferred prosecution agreements” (a new regime that was stuffed into an omnibus budget bill) is explicit about what factors prosecutors must not consider in corruption cases:

The director of public prosecutions and deputy attorney general Kathleen Roussel is resisting efforts to change her mind about prosecuting the Quebec company.
The director of public prosecutions and deputy attorney general Kathleen Roussel is resisting efforts to change her mind about prosecuting the Quebec company.  (Sebastien Lavallee file photo)

“The prosecutor must not consider the national economic interest, the potential effect on relations with a state other than Canada or the identity of the organization or individual involved” where an organization is charged under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, as in SNC-Lavalin’s case.

In other words, the the director of public prosecutions is arguing that, while the law sets out other criteria Roussel could consider when weighing the public interest, she’s not allowed by law to consider whether a company is too big to fail.

The company, on the other hand, says it has complied with all the law’s prerequisites for entering into negotiations that could see it pay a heavy fine but avoid a criminal conviction:

It says it has overhauled its ethics and corporate governance regime, under the guidance of independent monitors. It has had a “complete turn-over of the SNC-Lavalin’s senior management and board of directors.”

It says it has fired “senior officers who could be considered as having been even remotely associated with the activities in question,” instituted anti-corruption training of its employees and made “permanent transformative changes” to its business practices.

It says the RCMP has levied criminal charges against only one individual regarding the same allegations, who SNC-Lavalin says left the company seven years ago. The company says it has sued that employee civilly for “a massive related embezzlement.”

Roussel rejected the company's written pleas and request for an in-person meeting with them and SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce, pictured, in an Oct. 9 letter.
Roussel rejected the company’s written pleas and request for an in-person meeting with them and SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce, pictured, in an Oct. 9 letter.  (Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo)

And it refers to the “extremely negative,” “unfair” and “dramatic consequences” on the company and its employees if it were eventually convicted and subsequently forbidden from bidding on contracts, especially in a business environment where its unnamed competitors “can and have availed themselves of deferred prosecution agreements in other jurisdictions.”

SNC-Lavalin notes the alternative to a negotiated agreement (that it says could allow the Crown to directly monitor the company for a “reasonable period”) is “a long, expensive and contentious criminal proceeding” whose outcome is uncertain for both sides.

But Roussel is unswayed.

In a written arguments on her behalf, she says a court may only intervene where there is evidence of “egregious” misconduct by Crown attorneys that amounts to an abuse of process.

Otherwise, she says, it is not up to the court to second-guess whether the decisions made everyday across the country by prosecutors are reasonable because it could lead to “paralysis” of the system.

The written brief also takes a strong stand against any political interference in prosecutorial decisions, saying it “could erode the integrity of our system of prosecution.”

Allegations of political interference made for blockbuster headlines recently when the Globe and Mail reported that former attorney-general Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of her job after she refused pressure by unnamed senior PMO officials to direct Roussel to cut a deal with SNC-Lavalin.

A political storm is raging over whether former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured to cut SNC-Lavalin some slack.
A political storm is raging over whether former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured to cut SNC-Lavalin some slack.  (Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denies anyone in his office “directed” Wilson-Raybould “to take any decision whatsoever.” Over the weekend, senior government officials have reportedly defended “robust” discussion on the matter, and denied any pressure was exerted on the former justice minister.

But Roussel makes clear her office must be immune from political pressure.

Her brief says the 2006 law that created her office explicitly states that the director of public prosecutions “is an independent organization, separate from the department of justice, and its objectives are to be carried out in a non-partisan manner.”

The director’s written brief filed by lawyers David Migicovsky and Andrew Lenz says although the attorney-general (formerly Wilson-Raybould, now David Lametti) has power to direct the director of public prosecutions, “in the exercise of these powers he (the attorney general) is not subject to direction by his ministerial colleagues or to control and supervision by the courts.”

Migicovsky said in an interview Sunday that SNC-Lavalin’s challenge of Roussel’s decision was heard by Federal Court judge Catherine Kane on Feb. 1 in Montreal. Kane has not yet rendered her decision.

The Star has not received answers to requests for comment sent to Roussel’s office, or from lawyers for SNC-Lavalin.

Tonda MacCharles is an Ottawa-based reporter covering federal politics. Follow her on Twitter: @tondamacc



Source link

قالب وردپرس

Anglais

These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

admin

Published

on

By

(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

Continue Reading

Anglais

New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

admin

Published

on

By

(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

Continue Reading

Anglais

The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

admin

Published

on

By

(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

Continue Reading

Chat

Technologie1 mois ago

Service de traduction de documents PDF en ligne en toute simplicité et abordable – Protranslate est disponible 24 heures par jour et est offert en plus de 60 langues

Anglais3 mois ago

These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

Anglais3 mois ago

New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

Anglais3 mois ago

The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

Actualités3 mois ago

Andrew Scheer demande une mise à jour économique d’ici l’été

Actualités3 mois ago

Plusieurs tours cellulaires incendiées au cours des derniers jours

Actualités3 mois ago

Danemark: le déconfinement ne semble pas avoir accéléré la propagation de la COVID-19

Actualités3 mois ago

Le maire de Joliette peu rassuré par le déconfinement en cours

Actualités3 mois ago

Un homme de 61 ans tué à l’arme blanche à Montréal

Actualités3 mois ago

Pas de déconfinement pour les commerces de Kahnawake

Actualités3 mois ago

Quel avenir pour les restos-bars sportifs?

Actualités3 mois ago

Éclosions de COVID-19 à l’Hôpital Pierre-Boucher de Longueuil

Anglais3 mois ago

Nobel Prize winner who discovered HIV says coronavirus was definitely released from Wuhan lab, contains HIV DNA

Anglais3 mois ago

Must-see infographic: The “Death Science” Depopulation Trifecta … Biological weapons, vaccines and 5G, all aimed at humanity

Anglais3 mois ago

Dead coronavirus victims found stacked in U-haul trucks in front of New York City funeral home

Anglais3 mois ago

Bill and Melinda Gates are preppers: Couple began storing food in their home years ago in case of a pandemic

Anglais3 mois ago

Nearly half of severe coronavirus cases involve neurological complications

Anglais3 mois ago

Global survey of deaths reveals coronavirus kills 10% of those diagnosed with symptoms, making it 100 times deadlier than flu

Anglais3 mois ago

Homeland security scientist confirms that natural sunlight kills coronavirus

Anglais3 mois ago

Big Pharma is rigging everything to make sure approved coronavirus “treatments” don’t actually work at all, while things that do work are discredited or criminalized

Anglais2 années ago

Body found after downtown Lethbridge apartment building fire, police investigating – Lethbridge

Styles De Vie2 années ago

Salon du chocolat 2018: les 5 temps forts

Anglais2 années ago

This B.C. woman’s recipe is one of the most popular of all time — and the story behind it is bananas

Anglais2 années ago

27 CP Rail cars derail near Lake Louise, Alta.

Anglais2 années ago

Man facing eviction from family home on Toronto Islands gets reprieve — for now

Santé Et Nutrition2 années ago

Gluten-Free Muffins

Santé Et Nutrition2 années ago

We Try Kin Euphorics and How to REALLY Get the Glow | Healthyish

Anglais2 années ago

Ontario’s Tories hope Ryan Gosling video will keep supporters from breaking up with the party

Anglais1 année ago

A photo taken on Toronto’s Corso Italia 49 years ago became a family legend. No one saw it — until now

Anglais2 années ago

Condo developer Thomas Liu — who collected millions but hasn’t built anything — loses court fight with Town of Ajax

Styles De Vie2 années ago

Renaud Capuçon, rédacteur en chef du Figaroscope

Anglais2 années ago

This couple shares a 335-square-foot micro condo on Queen St. — and loves it

Mode2 années ago

Paris : chez Cécile Roederer co-fondatrice de Smallable

Anglais2 années ago

Ontario Tories argue Trudeau’s carbon plan is ‘unconstitutional’

Anglais2 années ago

100 years later, Montreal’s Black Watch regiment returns to Wallers, France

Anglais2 années ago

Trudeau government would reject Jason Kenney, taxpayers group in carbon tax court fight

Styles De Vie2 années ago

Ford Ranger Raptor, le pick-up roule des mécaniques

Technologie1 année ago

YouTube recommande de la pornographie juvénile, allègue un internaute

Affaires2 années ago

Le Forex devient de plus en plus accessible aux débutants

Anglais2 années ago

Province’s push for private funding, additional stops puts Scarborough subway at risk of delays

Trending