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Updated: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:34:56 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Tony Accurso bid dismissed by Supreme Court



Construction magnate Tony Accurso was arrested in April 2012 in a sweep by Quebec's anti-corruption unit (© UPAC)

Construction magnate Tony Accurso was arrested in April 2012 in a sweep by Quebec's anti-corruption unit (UPAC) and faces a string of charges, including fraud and breach of trust. Graham Hughes/CP

Canada's top court has dismissed a bid from former Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso, who was hoping to avoid testifying before the province's corruption inquiry next month. 

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the request on Friday morning, with costs.

Accurso has been battling the courts for the past year, to try to fight a subpoena to appear before the Charbonneau Commission.

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his application to appeal a lower court ruling.

The decision means the former construction magnate will have to answer the Quebec corruption inquiry's questions. 

Accurso is scheduled to appear before the commission in the first week of September.

Accurso argues testimony could prejudice separate trial

Accurso had argued that if he is forced to testify before the Charbonneau Commission, he risks incriminating himself and prejudicing a separate criminal trial.

The former construction mogul faces criminal charges in several municipal corruption cases. He's also charged with alleged tax fraud.

In a previous ruling, a Quebec Superior Court justice explained there are already guarantees in place to avoid that from happening.

Commissioners have promised not to question Accurso about his pending criminal proceedings.

The commission is mandated with investigating alleged corruption in the Quebec construction industry.

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