Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso is expected to testify at the province's corruption inquiry, now that the Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed his request for an appeal.
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The inquiry's commissioners are eager to hear testimony from Accurso, who is believed to be a major player in an intricate corruption scheme in the awarding of municipal contracts.
But Accurso tried to avoid testifying, arguing that he would risk incriminating himself and be prejudicing a separate criminal trial.
On Thursday, Canada's top court said it refuses to hear that appeal, effectively clearing the way for Accurso's much-anticipated testimony.
The Quebec construction magnate was arrested in April 2012 in a sweep by Quebec's anti-corruption unit (UPAC).
He faces a string of charges, including fraud, conspiracy, influence-peddling, breach of trust and two counts of defrauding the government.
Accurso was arrested once again a year ago, this time for his alleged role in a $3-million tax-evasion scheme.
None of those allegations have been proven in court.
A date has not yet been set for Accurso's appearance at the inquiry.
The corruption inquiry continues Thursday with testimony from Marcel Roireau, the president of D.J.L., a Quebec construction firm.