August 8, 2014 10:28 am
Updated: August 8, 2014 10:35 am

Accurso’s bid to get out of Charbonneau dismissed by Supreme Court

Tony Accurso leaves SQ headquarters in Montreal in a April 17, 2012 file photo.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says it won’t hear from a former Quebec construction magnate who is trying to get out of testifying at the province’s corruption inquiry.

Tony Accurso was hoping to avoid having to testify before the Charbonneau Commission, which is studying the construction industry and the awarding and management of public contracts.

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The former construction boss, whose name has surfaced repeatedly in previous testimony, was trying to get the summons annulled which would have him begin testifying on Sept. 2.

Accurso fears testifying at the inquiry would bring to light evidence that would be used in pending criminal proceedings and jeopardize his right to a fair trial in those unresolved criminal cases.

Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal have already ruled against Accurso, who was asking the highest court in the land to hear his case.

As is the high court’s custom, no reason was given for its decision.

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