Top prosecutor defends independence and decision to prosecute SNC-Lavalin

OTTAWA — Canada’s top public prosecutor is staunchly defending her prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges, saying her office must remain independent from political interference and judicial supervision.

As a political storm rages over whether the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut SNC-Lavalin some slack, a judicial battle to force the Crown’s hand is also unfolding.

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