Riadh Ben Aissa, a former executive vice president of SNC Lavalin, is reportedly set to return to Canada to face fraud, bribery and money laundering charges.
Mr Ben Aissa lost an extradition appeal hearing in Switzerland, where he is currently in custody.
According to Canada’s National Post, an extradition ruling by Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court dealing with the case of an unnamed Tunisian-Canadian being held on fraud and conspiracy charges relates to Mr Ben Aissa. Court documents reveal that Canadian authorities requested his extradition in January.
SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime resigned following the investigation, which found he signed-off on the payments, even though they were refused by the normal signatories. Mr Duhaime was subsequently arrested in Canada.
Mr Ben Aissa is wanted in Canada on corruption charges which also relate to alleged bid rigging on a Montreal hospital contract. CA$ 22.5 million (US$ 21.8 million) is alleged to have been used to bribe public officials in order to win the McGill Health Centre contract.
According to the National Post, the extradition is expected to take place in the coming months.