Corruption in Laval: “it is not in common,” argues the lawyer Accurso

Photo: Ryan Remiorz Archives The canadian Press
The contractor Antonio Accurso, on trial at the palais de justice de Laval

At the trial for fraud and corruption of Antonio Accurso, Thursday at Laval, his lawyer, Marc Labelle, has begun to exhibit his thesis that the contractor was not aware of the rebate system on contracts for construction that has been going on in Laval under the reign of the ex-mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.


Me Labelle argued that Mr. Accurso ran big companies that he could not take care of the daily management and the awarding of construction contracts.


“He is not aware ; it is not in it “, insisted the lawyer, addressing the jury.


He even once compared it to a plane that flies at 35,000 feet altitude, and is not aware of the Cessna that we fly at 1500 feet.


From the beginning of his argument, he explained to the jurors that the fate of the man of affairs lay in their hands. “You are the only protection, the only, that a citizen has against the court of public opinion “, he launched.


Me Labelle continues his argument Thursday. On Friday, it will be the turn of the prosecutor to make his argument.


Antonio Accurso is facing charges of fraud, bribery of public officials, breach of trust and conspiracy in the context of a system of sharing of contracts and payment of dividends on these contracts to the party of the ex-mayor Vaillancourt.

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