Public prosecutor takes aim at SNC-Lavalin's court bid for remediation deal

Canada's director of public prosecutions is firing a new volley at SNC-Lavalin that could hobble the company's ongoing legal fight for a special settlement agreement over alleged corruption in Libya.

The prosecutor wants the Federal Court of Appeal to strike out a key element of the construction and engineering firm's challenge of a ruling that went against the company.

Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin faces corruption and fraud charges related to business deals in Libya from 2001 to 2011.

The company unsuccessfully pressed the director of prosecutions to negotiate a ``remediation agreement,'' a legal means of holding an organization to account for wrongdoing without a formal finding of guilt.

In a March ruling, a judge tossed out the firm's plea for a judicial review of the 2018 decision.

SNC-Lavalin is appealing the judge's ruling, pointing to recent revelations from parliamentary committee testimony to bolster its arguments.