THE RCMP’s National Division arrested Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan, a citizen of both Canada and Bangladesh, on December 3 and charged him with one count under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, which was laid in September.
Bhuiyan voluntarily travelled from Bangladesh to face this charge in Canada, and has since been released on bail.
The arrest follows a charge stemming from an international investigation into the awarding of a contract for the supervision and consultancy services of the construction of the Padma multipurpose bridge in the Republic of Bangladesh. To date, five individuals have been charged in relation to this investigation, including Bhuiyan.
“The RCMP’s National Division investigates cases which pose a threat to the political, economic and social integrity of Canada’s national interests, including international corruption,” said Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud, Commanding Officer of National Division.
“In some countries, bribes are still accepted as a necessary part of doing business. However, bribery raises serious moral and political concerns, undermines good governance and sustainable economic development, and distorts the conditions of international competition.”
The investigation is currently ongoing.
LAST September, the RCMP’s National Division also charged former SNC Lavalin senior executive Kevin Wallace, 46, of Oakville, Ontario, with bribery of a foreign public official under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act in relation to the same investigation.
The RCMP also charged Bhuiyan and Abul Hasan Chowdhury of Bangladesh, with one count each under the Act.
On April 11, 2012, the RCMP also charged two former SNC Lavalin employees Ramesh Shah, 62, of Oakville, Ontario, and Mohammad Ismail, 50, of Mississauga, Ontario. They were also charged with one count under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.
Kevin Wallace was released with conditions and a promise to appear in court.