First Prison Sentence under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act
|Area||Corporate Finance and Securities, Litigation, Asia Practice, White Collar Risk Management and Investigations|
Justice Hackland of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued the first prison sentence last week under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act in the R. v. Karigar case. In August 2013, we reported that Nazir Karigar was convicted under the Act for agreeing to offer a bribe to a foreign official contrary to section 3(1)(b). He was the first to be convicted under the Act.
The background to Karigar and highlights of the decision regarding Karigar’s conviction can be read in our August 2013 Update: “First Conviction under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act”.1
The severity of the prison sentence imposed in Karigar is a caution to all directors, officers and executives of Canadian companies operating abroad that: (i) Canadian authorities have intensified their enforcement of the Act, and (ii) Canadian courts consider bribery of foreign public offices to be serious criminal conduct and are willing to impose significant prison sentences to punish and deter such conduct. Karigar reinforces the need for a robust compliance program so that employees and foreign agents of companies connected to Canada are aware of, and adhere to, a policy that prohibits paying or offering bribes to foreign public officials.
For further information on the Act or on Karigar, please contact any member of our Corporate Securities or Litigation Law Groups.