Stéphane Roy was charged in 2014 with fraud, bribing a foreign official and violating UN sanctions against Libya.
A former SNC-Lavalin vice-president is seeking to have the case against him thrown out under the Jordan ruling, which sets strict limits on the amount of time that can pass between when someone is accused of a crime and when they go to trial.
The Jordan ruling requires cases with a preliminary hearing to go to trial within 30 months, barring exceptional circumstances. Delays initiated by the defence do not count toward the total.
Roy’s lawyer Nellie Benoît argued in a Montreal courtroom on Wednesday morning that it has now taken twice the allowed time to bring Roy to trial.
While Benoît acknowledged the investigation into the actions of SNC-Lavalin and its employees in Libya was complex, she argued that the case against Roy, who is to be tried alone, is much simpler.
Arguments before Judge Patricia Compagnone are continuing.
Roy was acquitted in July of charges related to the MUHC bribery scandal.