Ex-boss of SNC Lavalin, Pierre Duhaime, arrested by Quebec anti-corruption unit

MONTREAL – Quebec’s anti-corruption squad has struck at the highest levels of Canada’s corporate world and has arrested former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime.

The provincial police unit says Duhaime faces charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and use of false documents.

Duhaime was arrested at his home early today by anti-corruption squad agents.

International proceedings are also underway against former SNC-Lavalin senior executive Riadh Ben Aissa, who was already arrested in Switzerland on fraud, money laundering and corruption charges.

The 101-year-old company, considered a Canadian success story, has been embroiled in scandal since the fall of the Gadhafi regime in Libya.

In Quebec, the anti-corruption unit was created in the wake of other scandals surrounding collusion in the construction industry and its links to political parties and organized crime.

It has arrested numerous construction-industry players, and people tied to municipal political parties since its creation last year.

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