Sami Bebawi, a former executive at Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, has handed himself in to the Canadian authorities after returning to Toronto from Egypt.
Sami Bebawi (ici.radio-canada.ca)
An international warrant had been issued for his arrest on charges of fraud and the bribery of foreign officials.
Bebawi, who was SNC-Lavalin’s vice-president in charge of construction from 2001 to 2006, may have stolen up to US$96m from his employer using payments to third-party companies, Canadian police believe.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police froze Bebawi’s assets in 2013, including a number of bank accounts and six properties in Montreal.Â Â
After his arrival in Canada, Bebawi’s lawyer said his client had returned in order to clear his name. He is to be released on $100,000 bail after a court appearance in Montreal today.Â
Bewani’s case is not linked to an alleged US$1.3bn corruption scandal at the McGill University Health Centre, one of Canada’s biggest hospital projects. Rather, Bewani’s successor, Riadh Ben Aissa, is facing fraud charges on that case. An ex-hospital director is to be extradited to Canada from Panama after resisting for nearly two years.Â
Photograph: SNC-Lavalin headquarters