A close friend of former prime minister Jean Chrétien stood trial in Montreal on charges he orchestrated a kickback scheme in the 1990s as part of the so-called sponsorship scandal. Jacques Corriveau, a one-time advertising executive and Liberal party organizer, was arrested in 2013. He is accused of fraud, counterfeiting documents and laundering the proceeds of crime.
UPDATE: The jurors at Jacques Corriveau’s fraud trial will deliberate again on Monday after no verdict was reached over the weekend. The jury has been sequestered since Thursday afternoon.