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Case bulletin: R v Karigar, 2014 ONSC 3093

By Anthony Cole and Emily McCartney

For the first time in Canada, an individual has been sentenced to jail time for bribing a foreign public official. The three-year penitentiary sentence was handed down by the Ontario Court of Justice under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, SC 1998, c 34 (CFPO).

The imposition of a jail sentence constitutes a major milestone in Canada’s drive towards tackling bribery in international business ventures, and should serve as a stark reminder to all Canadian companies active internationally of the critical importance of having in place a strong anti-corruption compliance programme.

In 2013, Nazir Karigar was convicted of breaching section 3(1) of the CFPO for conspiring with employees and associates of Cryptometrics Canada Ltd to bribe officials of Air India, a state-owned Indian airline, and an Indian cabinet minister in order to secure a business contract. On 23 May 2014, Karigar was sentenced to a three-year term of imprisonment…

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