Laval Raided Again by UPAC Anti-Corruption Units

The notorious and recently very active anti-corruption squad of Quebec has once again snooped in Laval on Tuesday morning, for the third time in last week. The favorite destinations of UPAC raids include homes of Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt and Laval city hall. Spokesperson of Anne-Frédérick Laurence of the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC), has officially confirmed that three locations were being raided by a team of roughly 50 officers on Tuesday.

She did not specifically identify any of the three locations, however a Sûreté du Québec were allegedly witnessed at the office of G. Giuliani Inc., on Leman Blvd. southeast of Highway 440 and Pie-IX Blvd. Laurence did not even comply to state if the remaining two locations raided were even in Laval turf or not. This is the first time that the search warrants are being kept secret; previous raids were not so confidential. Laurence mentioned that “no arrests are expected” on Tuesday, though still “about 10 witnesses will be met.”

These raids are a direct implications of the allegations revealed on Monday against the long-ruling Vaillancourt civic administration receiving a 2.5-per-cent share on several Laval public-works contracts. Vaillancourt has been targeted several times before and his spokesperson, acted in response later on Monday by categorically denouncing any allegations of his wrongdoing.

These allegations were made before the Charbonneau Commission, which is aimed to investigate conspiracy and dishonesty in the construction sector. A testimony by a key witness named Lino Zambito, an ex-construction boss, has released numerous explosive spells of secrets. He has yet to be cross-examined.

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