Canadian Prime Minister aide resigns for role in corruption scandal in Libya

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Canadian Prime Minister aide resigns for role in corruption scandal in Libya

February 20, 2019 - 12:36
Written by: SafaAlharathy

Chief adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister, Gerald Butts tendered his resignation Monday to answer charges of intervening to prevent the prosecution of a Canadian engineering firm involved in a corruption scandal in Libya.

The Prime Minister's Office had put pressure on the public prosecutors to pass an agreement with the engineering company, under which a fine will be paid in return to prevent the company from undergoing a trial that could lead to serious consequences, according to La Presse Canada website.

Lavalin corporation which oversaw multi-billion dollar projects in Libya offered Libyan officials 48 million Canadian dollars to persuade them to use their positions, in order to influence Libyan government decisions between 2001 and 2011, according to the Canadian federal police.

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