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On 29 April 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held that the World Bank Group (the Bank) cannot be compelled to turn over volumes of investigation materials in Canada’s prosecution of Kevin Wallace, Zulfiquar Bhuiyan, Ramesh Shah, and Mohammad Ismail, all former employees or agents for Canadian corporation SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

At issue in the case was whether an international organization such as the Bank – having conducted an investigation and shared its findings, which resulted in domestic criminal charges in Canada – can place its investigative files beyond the reach of defense counsel by asserting immunity.

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