Corruption: Canada backs firm banned by World Bank
by Marty Logan, Inter Press Service (Johannesburg), July 30, 2004.
It is business as usual between Canadian government agencies and a local company barred from World Bank contracts after being convicted of bribery in Africa.
In September 2002, engineering firm Acres International was found guilty in the High Court in the southern African nation of Lesotho for trying to bribe the official responsible for the multi-billion-dollar World Bank-financed Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).
Acres, based in Oakville in the province of Ontario, appealed and last year had one charge dropped. But the conviction was maintained on the second count and the firm was fined the equivalent of two million U.S. dollars.