Ottawa judge hands down guilty verdict in foreign bribery case
OTTAWA — An Ontario superior court judge has found an Indian-Canadian businessman guilty to conspiring to bribe several government officials in India.
Justice Charles Hackland has ruled that Nazir Karigar tried to dole out at least $450,000 in bribes to officials at state-owned Air India as well as a former Indian cabinet minister who oversaw the airline at the time.
Hackland heard evidence that Karigar contacted U.S. high-tech company CryptoMetrics in 2005 and said he could land a contract to supply the airline with a facial recognition security system.
Hackland’s ruling says despite the fact that prosecutors couldn’t prove money had been funnelled to any of the Indian officials, there was a sufficient paper trail to show Karigar and other officials with CrytopMetrics intended to make payments.
There is no date for Karigar to be sentenced.
The newspaper reports the ruling is the first time a Canadian judge has rendered a decision under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, which has been on the books for more than a decade. But three companies have pleaded guilty to charges under the Act. (Globe and Mail)