UPDATE (added Dec. 6, 2017): Charges dropped against Calgary man accused of conspiring to bribe Thai officials in jet deal


A Calgary man has been charged with conspiracy to bribe foreign public officials in relation to a proposed deal involving a commercial passenger jet from Thailand's national airline.

The charges fall under a section of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA).

Larry Kushniruk — who is president of Canadian General Aircraft — was charged after an investigation by the RCMP's Federal Serious and Organized Crime unit.

RCMP were tipped off in 2013, when the FBI flagged irregularities in the sale.  

It is alleged Kushnirik, 68, brokered the proposed sale through CGA, which deals in commercial airline sales and parts.

RCMP allege Kushniruk conspired to bribe officials in the Thai military to secure the sale of a commercial passenger jet from national airline Thai Airways.

RCMP says the investigation did not reveal evidence that Thai public officials were actually bribed or were parties to the conspiracy.

"The RCMP has a mandate to investigate allegations of corruption of foreign public officials, and this charge demonstrates our commitment to combating international corruption," said Insp. Allan Lai, acting officer-in-charge of the RCMP's Federal Serious and Organized Crime unit in Calgary.

"Leaving international corruption unchallenged jeopardizes Canada's reputation as a fair and transparent society."

Kushniruk is set to appear in provincial court in Calgary on Dec. 12.