First Canadian Sentenced Under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

Ottawa businessman Nazir Karigar, the first Canadian charged and convicted under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), was given a three-year jail sentence on May 23, 2014. Relevant factors included the absence of a guilty plea, a previous conviction for conspiracy to bribe and the fact that it was “sophisticated and carefully planned” and involved potential payouts of millions of dollars.

It was the fourth case resulting in a conviction since Canada passed the CFPOA in 1999. Until this case, the prosecutions were all against companies which paid fines. No individuals were punished.