Fraud, bribery case thrown out against former SNC-Lavalin exec Roy | Toronto Sun
MONTREAL — A Quebec court judge stayed charges of fraud and bribery against former SNC-Lavalin executive Stephane Roy Tuesday, ruling his right to a trial within a reasonable time had been violated.
Judge Patricia Compagnone said delays caused by the Crown are an example of the “culture of complacency” the Supreme Court of Canada deplored in its 2016 Jordan decision limiting the length of legal proceedings. She added that prosecutors failed to show they tried to avoid unreasonable delays in the case, which began when Roy was first charged in 2014.
Roy, who had been charged in connection with SNC-Lavalin’s dealings with the regime of the late Libyan dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, made a brief statement to reporters outside the courtroom.