POLITICS

SCOC rejects case of man who doesn't want to appear at Quebec corruption probe

04/10/2014 10:59 EDT | Updated 06/10/2014 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the case of a former construction mogul who is trying to avoid testifying at Quebec's corruption inquiry.

Tony Accurso was hoping the high court would listen to his arguments aimed at overturning a pair of Quebec Superior Court decisions.

Accurso wanted to question certain witnesses as part of a bid to quash a subpoena calling on him to appear at the Charbonneau Commission. He had lost in two courts in Quebec.

The Supreme Court announced this morning it will not hear Accurso's arguments. As is custom, it did not give a reason why.

A Superior Court justice has yet to rule on whether Accurso should testify at the inquiry.

Accurso says testifying would hamper his defence in a number of criminal proceedings against him. He faces charges in several municipal corruption cases and is also charged with alleged tax fraud.