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Canada Saputo sending lawyer's letter to Radio-Canada over report alleging links to Mafia

20:30  21 january  2020
20:30  21 january  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Lino Saputo wearing a suit and tie© Dave Sidaway

Quebec business man Lino Saputo announced Tuesday that his lawyers will send a formal letter objecting to Radio-Canada’s broadcast last week of an investigative report alleging he had links with organized crime.

“On Jan. 16, 2020, the program Enquête on Radio-Canada tried to make me guilty by association by reporting on so-called links between myself and the Italian Mafia,” Saputo wrote in a statement. “This report obliges me to reiterate what I have repeated for decades: I am an honest person of integrity and always have been. I have nothing to reproach myself for and I have never been associated with organized crime.”

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Saputo said the “report deals with situations that already made headlines and date from nearly five decades ago. The report essentially repeats old stories and sheds no new light.”

The report in question alleges that Saputo — Quebec’s richest businessman, with a worth of about $5 billion according to Forbes Magazine — had links up until the beginning of the 1980s with certain organized crime figures including former Mafia head Joe Bonanno.

In Tuesday’s statement, the 82-year-old Saputo wrote that, “I can confidently say that I have surpassed nearly all my dreams. The only one that has yet to be concretely realized is that which, once and for all, will turn the page on the suspicions against me. … From now on I no longer wish to expend the effort and energy to justify myself or comment on false and malicious statements about me in the public sphere.

“Unfortunately the contents of the report leave me no choice other than to turn to my lawyers.”

He does not say what will be stated in the contents of the lawyer’s letter.

Saputo is a recipient of the Ordre national du Québec.

Asked whether the honour should be withdrawn, Quebec Premier François Legault replied that it was for Saputo to “explain” himself, but that for the moment only allegations rather than accusations had been made about the businessman.

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