Canada court finds no bribery conspiracy in Padma Bridge construction

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DHAKA : A court in Canada acquits three former top executives of SNC-Lavalin as no proof of bribery conspiracy was found in an international case in connection with the Padma Multi Purpose Bridge construction in Bangladesh.

An Ontario Superior Court justice dismissed the case on Friday at the prosecution’s request as Kevin Wallace, Ramesh Shah, and Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan had pleaded not guilty, reports CBS news.

Last month, Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer ruled that wiretap evidence had to be excluded.

As a result, the prosecution on Friday elected to call no evidence and the accused were acquitted, a prosecution spokeswoman said.

Wallace, a former vice-president, was initially arrested and charged in 2013.

Earlier on June 2012, the World Bank (WB) cancelled its 1.2 billion US dollar credit for the Padma bridge project bringing a charge of having evidence of a “corruption conspiracy”.

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