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Canada Ex-SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi won't present defence

22:25  03 december  2019
22:25  03 december  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Sami Bebawi, 73, is on trial at the Montreal courthouse on charges of fraud, bribing a foreign public official and possession of property obtained by crime. © Pierre Obendrauf Sami Bebawi, 73, is on trial at the Montreal courthouse on charges of fraud, bribing a foreign public official and possession of property obtained by crime.

Former SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi — on trial for fraud and corruption — has decided not to present a defence.

The jury was informed of his decision Tuesday at his trial.

Bebawi, 73, faces eight charges, including fraud, corruption, laundering proceeds of crime, possession of stolen goods and bribery of foreign officials.

The judge is expected to give instructions to the jury later this week. They must then decide whether Bebawi is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

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