OECD

Globe and Mail March 11, 2019

A top anti-bribery official at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says the Canadian government should not use the potential loss of jobs as a reason to shelve the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Drago Kos, the chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, told The Globe and Mail on Monday that the decision to prosecute SNC-Lavalin should be left to the director of public prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, and that potential job losses should not be a consideration in granting an out-of-court settlement.

“We are saying this is not good enough to justify interference with prosecutorial autonomy,” he said in an interview. “This is the decision that the prosecution has to make and the prosecution has to make that decision autonomously.”

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