Canadian gets sentence for plotting to bribe Indian officials, minister

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Ottawa, May 25: A local businessman has been sent to three years of imprisonment for being a part of a plan to bribe Indian government officials. Nazir Karigar, 67, was found guilty for trying to arrange payments to bribe officials of Air India and also a cabinet minister so that his company could secure a contract worth $100 million to give security technology to India's national carrier, a CTV News report said.

Karigar hence became the first person ever to be sentenced under Canada's Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

A cabinet minister was also bribed, the judge said

While sentencing Karigar, Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland said that bribery just doesn't mean doing business overseas and any attempt at bribing foreign officials also constitutes a serious offence as one committed in Canada.

The prosecutors had sought a four-year prison term for Karigar, urging the judge to award a sentence that would dissuade other Canadians from carrying out similar bribery schemes.

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