Published Thursday, Aug. 15 2013, 8:14 PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Aug. 15 2013, 8:53 PM EDT
A former Ottawa high-tech executive has been found guilty of conspiring to bribe several government officials in India, including a former aviation minister, in a foreign bribery case that is the first of its kind to be tried in Canada.
Nazir Karigar, an Indian-Canadian businessman, plotted to distribute at least $450,000 in bribes to decision makers at state-owned Air India as well as Praful Patel, an Indian cabinet minister who oversaw the airline at the time, in return for a contract to provide the airline with security technology, Justice Charles Hackland of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled Thursday.
Judge Hackland’s decision, which makes it clear that there is no evidence that officials in India accepted any money, is the first time a Canadian judge has assessed evidence in a trial and ruled on the bribery law, known as the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. Three companies have been convicted under the act, which came into force more than a decade ago, but they all pleaded guilty.