Saturday, December 14, 2019

Witness was offered $10 million to change testimony SNC-Lavelin trial hears

A key witness in Sami Bebawi’s fraud and corruption trial says he was once offered $10 million in exchange for more favourable testimony that could protect the former SNC-Lavalin executive vice-president. (National Post)

Former cop who blew whistle wants standing in B.C. money laundering inquiry

A lawyer says an inquiry into money laundering in British Columbia would not exist without the "courage" of an ex-police officer who spoke out about alleged "interference" with his mandate to investigate organized crime in casinos. (CBC)

‘Golden Boy’: Espionage suspect was a polarizing figure as he rose through RCMP ranks

As Cameron Ortis climbed the ranks of the RCMP, there was no disputing the depth of his intelligence or his ability to get to the nub of complex matters. He was among a select cadre of “golden boys” — civilians tapped by the force to help tackle national security and other highly sensitive files. So impressed was former commissioner Bob Paulson, sources say, that he had floated the idea to the senior executive committee on multiple occasions of elevating them to senior police officer or “regular member” status through an expedited program. (National Post)

Former Surrey Six Mountie stuck with massive legal bill

Derek Brassington, a one-time member of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, had his application for $255,383 reviewed and rejected by federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. (The Province)

Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz resigns under cloud at B.C. Legislature

The second of the suspended top officials at B.C.’s legislative assembly has resigned, 11 months after the pair were escorted off the grounds of parliament under a cloud of misspending allegations. (The Province)

Stunned authorities find dozens of encrypted computers in alleged spy’s home

OTTAWA - The RCMP intelligence director who now stands accused of preparing to leak secrets to a foreign entity or terrorist group kept a large number of encrypted computers at his home, making the investigation harder to crack.(CBC)

Ortis case linked to Vancouver firm that supplied secure cellphones to international criminals

The investigation into top RCMP civilian official Cameron Ortis began with a shadowy, multimillion-dollar Vancouver-based company run by Canadians that sold encrypted cellphones to drug traffickers and money launderers around the world. (CBC)

NYPD cop denied bail in alleged murder-for-hire plot

NEW YORK - The NYPD cop accused of plotting to murder her estranged hubby — as well as her boyfriend’s teen daughter — was denied bail because of her “lack of impulse control” and her “defensiveness.” (New York Post)

‘Extremely alarming’: RCMP charge head of cyber intelligence with leaking secrets

OTTAWA - A senior civilian employee at RCMP’s headquarters in Ottawa — described as a fitness buff with a “brilliant” mind and extensive knowledge of cyber-security issues, particularly in Southeast Asia — has been charged by his own force with violating national security by allegedly leaking government secrets. (National Post)

Liberal government blocked RCMP’s SNC-Lavelin corruption investigation

The RCMP has had their attempts to look into potential obstruction of justice in the SNC-Lavalin affair blocked by the Trudeau government.  According to another explosive report from The Globe and Mail, Ottawa refused to lift cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses, seriously limiting the capacity for the RCMP to actually look into the matter. (The Post Millenial)
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