Ottawa businessman Nazir Karigar has been convicted of agreeing to offer bribes to public officials in India in order to obtain preferential treatment for a bid submitted by Cryptometrics to supply facial recognition software and related equipment to Air India. Mr Karigar was charged under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). The CFPOA makes it an offence in Canada to bribe foreign officials in order to obtain an advantage in the course of business. The Act is drafted broadly, and includes offering a bribe or agreeing to offer a bribe in the prohibition. Regional Senior Justice Hackland held ... [more] Full article
Amendments to Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) that came into force last week toughen penalties for foreign corruption.
The CPFOA makes it a crime in Canada to bribe foreign officials. Canadian companies operating abroad, particularly in emerging markets, need to be aware of the CFPOA. Key amendments include the introduction of nationality jurisdiction to the CFPOA, a new books and records offence, and increased sentences. [more] Full article