Criminal charges against Arthur Porter, the man accused of committing what Quebec authorities described as the biggest corruption fraud in Canada’s history, have officially been abandoned, two years after his death.
Crown prosecutor Nathalie Kleber said she filed Porter’s death certificate in court after receiving confirmation of its authenticity from authorities in Panama.
Porter died in Panamanian custody in 2015, he was 59.
Quebec’s anti-corruption unit accused Porter of accepting a $22.5-million bribe in connection with engineering firm SNC-Lavalin winning a $1.3-billion contract to build the McGill University Health Centre superhospital.
The province’s anti-corruption unit said Porter’s alleged crimes amounted to the biggest act of fraud corruption in the country’s history.
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