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NewsAlert: Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty

Former SNC Lavalin president and CEO Pierre Duhaime arrives at the courthouse for a preliminary hearing for several people accused in connection with an alleged bribery scandal related to a $1.3 billion hospital project in Montreal Monday, March 16, 2015 in Montreal. Duhaime has pleaded guilty to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust for his role in a bribe scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL — Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime has pleaded guilty to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust for his role in a bribe scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital.

Duhaime was the last defendant in a major corruption and fraud case involving the McGill University Health Centre project. His trial had been scheduled to start next week.

Yanai Elbaz, a former MUHC executive, pleaded guilty in December to accepting a bribe and was sentenced to 39 months in prison. Former SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa pleaded guilty to a charge of using false documents last July and was sentenced to 51 months in prison.

Duhaime left SNC-Lavalin in March 2012 after an independent review found that he had approved $56-million in payments to undisclosed agents.

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The Canadian Press