After an almost 2-and-a-half year investigation into the Crown Corporation Global Transportation Hub transactions and land dealings, the Saskatchewan RCMP reports that there will be no criminal charges laid.
Federal Criminal Operations Officer with the RCMP, Superintendent Paul Saganski, says along with their investigation, Manitoba Prosecution Services also reviewed the evidence and came to the same conclusion.
Using the criminal code as their guide the RCMP looked at offences that would have fit a commercial or financial crime, like fraud, public mischief or corruption.
The NDP had brought forward questions, stating that 41 acres of Regina area land were purchased for $1.2-million in 2013 and the next year, 204 acres were bought by the GTH for $21-million, leading to questions of possible conflict of interest, fraud or wrongdoing.
Superintendent Saganski says there wasn’t enough evidence to support criminal charges in their extensive investigation including up to 10 RCMP members at times who are experts in commercial crime.
It’s estimated the investigation took 75-hundred hours or 1-thousand working days.
He says investigators set aside perception and publicity and focused on the evidence.